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September 2010 - Director's Message from GMF's Dr. Quenton Dokken

Video on deep-sea creatures (5:00) posted on YouTube by "Stuart847" via the BBC Motion Gallery. Music is Aquatic Dance from Vengelis.

Video about GMF's 2009 Gulf Guardian Award for teacher trips

Video about GMF's Science & Spanish Network's 2009 Gulf Guardian Award

Cold snap killing manatees in Florida

Student creates Dead Zone video
Anthony Reisinger, currently a PhD student at the Harte Research Institute (HRI), created a video on the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico, Dead Zone video on NOAA's website"The Dead Zone," during an internship he did as a scholar with the Environmental Visualization Laboratory. He earned a national award for the short science film. Reisinger is a former recipient of the Hollings Scholarship, a prestigious scholarship awarded annually by NOAA to more than 100 students studying in NOAA-related science fields. The scholarship provides hands-on training and experience to encourage undergraduates to pursue study and research in NOAA-related fields.

Google dives under the sea for Google Ocean
Article copyright 2009 BBC. All rights reserved.
Google has lifted the lid on its first major upgrade to its global mapping software, Google Earth. Google Ocean expands this map to include large swathes of the ocean floor and Google Ocean - BBC articleabyssal plain. Users can dive beneath a dynamic water surface to explore the 3D sea floor terrain. The map also includes 20 content layers, containing information from the world's leading scientists, researchers, and ocean explorers.Al Gore was at the launch event in San Francisco which, Google hopes, will take its mapping software a step closer to total coverage of the entire globe. In a statement, Mr Gore said that the update would make Google Earth a "magical experience." "You can not only zoom into whatever part of our planet's surface you wish to examine in closer detail, you can now dive into the world's ocean that covers almost three-quarters of the planet and discover new wonders that had not been accessible in previous versions."
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Rivers to the Ocean Webcast
Live Dive 1 – Gulf of Mexico
Originally aired 5/03/2021

Off the Texas Coast-  GMF Executive Director Dr. Quenton Dokken hosts this underwater exploration of an oil rig, using a mask that allows him to talk to viewers while diving. Originally created as a live webcast that connected Dokken and his team with school students in their classroom, Rivers to the Ocean Webcast was sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
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Fishermen spot killer whales in Gulf off Texas coast
PORT ARANSAS, Texas - Feb 2008 - Watch a video of a pod of killer whales in the Gulf of Mexico posted on by a fishing outfitter who shot the video during a fishing trip 80 nautical miles east of Port Aransas, Texas, by Capt. Scott McCune owner of
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Scientist explains how dolphins blow rings
Humans blow smoke rings but dolphins have a much healthier habit. This video is of dolphins playing with rings which they have the ability to make under water to play with. It isn't known how they learn this, or if it's an inbred ability. As if by
magic the dolphin does a quick flip of its head and a silver ring appears in front of its pointed beak. The ring is a solid, donut shaped bubble about two feet wide, yet it doesn't rise to the surface of the water! It stands upright in the water like a magic doorway to an unseen dimension. The dolphin then pulls a small silver donut from the larger one. Looking at the twisting ring for one last time a bite is taken from it, causing the small ring to collapse into a thousands of tiny bubbles which head upward towards the water's surface. After a few moments the dolphin creates another ring to play with. There also seems to be a separate mechanism for producing small rings, which a dolphin can accomplish by a quick flip of its head. An explanation of how dolphins make these silver rings is that they are air-core vortex rings -- invisible, spinning vortices in the water are generated from the tip of a dolphin's dorsal fin when it is moving rapidly and turning. When dolphins break the line, the ends are drawn together into a closed ring. The higher velocity fluid around the core of the vortex is at a lower pressure than the fluid circulating farther away. Air is injected into the rings via bubbles released from the dolphin's blowhole. The energy of the water vortex is enough to keep the bubbles from rising for a reasonably few seconds of play time.
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