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The Measure of a Coral

Published on: 04/02/2012
Region(s) of Study: Waterbodies / Gulf of Mexico
A stand of Lophelia pertusa coral, accompanied by some brittle stars and squat lobsters approximately 450 m (1476 ft) in the Gulf of Mexico's DeSoto Canyon

A stand of Lophelia pertusa coral, accompanied by some brittle stars and squat lobsters approximately 450 m (1476 ft) in the Gulf of Mexico’s DeSoto Canyon.

This has been quite an interesting expedition so far, not only because of what we’re exploring here in the DeSoto Canyon in the deep Gulf of Mexico, but also because of the way we’re exploring it. Along with many others, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in Charleston, SC are participating remotely in the expedition using ‘telepresence’ technology via internet. We’re far from the ship, but chat rooms, conference lines, video streams, FTP sites, and emails keep us plugged into the action aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

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