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may 2017 |
galveston monthly
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By Donna Gable Hatch
New virtual-reality technology
provides everyone a chance to
experience the beauty of the sanctuary
ost people think the Gulf of Mexico as a big gulf of mud, but
those people underestimate both the majesty of the Gulf and
the importance to its underwater inhabitants that include
brilliantly colorful coral reefs. The Gulf is home to several coral banks
and much like stepping stones, they are all connected.
“The reefs at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary,
situated 70 to 115 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, are
fairly deep compared to most coastal reefs,” says Kelly Drinnen,
Education & Outreach Specialist at the sanctuary. The site is home
to the healthiest coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and tropical
Caribbean, and caretakers aim to keep it that way.
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