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HOI biologist Tim Shank took Sentry back to the Gulf in May 2011 (shown here) to map and photograph additional sites supporting corals and other animals deep beneath the surface.
In December 2010 the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry surveyed deep water corals and associated animals near the Deepwater Horizon oil spill source in the Gulf of Mexico. In May 2011 (shown here) WHOI biologist Tim Shank and colleagues returned, surveying more than 1,200 kilometers of seafloor and capturing more than 100,000 images to assess whether the coral communities were affected by the spill. The researchers will sample there again in fall 2012. (Photo by Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


Last updated: July 6, 2012

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