Life, Death, and Conservation of an Ocean Ecosystem

Looe Key Reef, Mooring 05 (Aug. 16, 2...

Mooring 05 (Aug. 16, 2014)
MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—This is the third in a series of lightly edited videos I took while on my first (but not last) diving trip to Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from August 15-19, 2014. The footage comes from two night dives at the same location on the reef.

Looe Key Reef, Mooring 18 (Aug. 16, 2...

Mooring 18 (Aug. 16, 2014)
MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—This is the second in a series of color-corrected, but lightly edited, videos I took while on my first (but not last) diving trip to Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from August 15-19, 2014. This dive was the second of two afternoon dives.

Looe Key Reef, Mooring 11 (Aug. 16, 2...

Mooring 11 (Aug. 16, 2014)
MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—This is the first in a series of color-corrected, but lightly edited, videos I took while on my first (but not last) diving trip to Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from August 15-19, 2014. This dive was the first of two afternoon dives.

NOAA recommends protection for Nassau...

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LOOE KEY REEF, Fla. — A Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) hides in the shadows of the coral overhang to the right of the giant barrel sponge (Xestospongia muta). Other species present include brown clustered tube sponge (Agelas wiedenmayeri), slimy and other sea plumes (Antillogorgia americana, Antillogorgia spp.), black sea rods (P [...]

Memories of Florida

Everglades 1990 B21 Long Pine Key
MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—My earliest memories of Florida are vague. I grew up in Louisiana, not terribly far from Florida on a global scale, but my home town of Shreveport in northwest Louisiana might as well been in a different universe from the Gulf Coast given the condition of the roads between the northern and southern parts of the state. Once [...]

More corals to get Endangered Species...

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MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—Last Wednesday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that 20 species of corals will protection under the Endangered Species Act. Five of the species occur in Caribbean waters, the other 15 occur in the Pacific and Indian oceans. LOOE KEY REEF, Fla. — A school of Yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chr [...]

Feds consider lessened protections fo...

Florida manatee
MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a proposal to change the status of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) from “endangered” to “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. A Florida manatee at Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (Keith Ramos/ [...]

Welcome to Last Call for Corals

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MECHANICSVILLE, Va.—Welcome to Last Call for Corals: Life, Death, and Conservation of an Ocean Ecosystem. This blog, like another blog I recently created, Wanderers and Wonderers: Rambling through the Realm of the Exploration and Environmental Narrative, serves as an adjunct to my dissertation research in the Media, Art, and Text program at V [...]

About Last Call for Corals

This blog, like my dissertation, will focus on the life of Looe Key Reef specifically, ocean ecosystems in general, and on the ethics of our relationship with the natural world.

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