Life, Death, and Conservation of an Ocean Ecosystem

Monthly archives for September, 2014

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...

Looe Key Reef (Mooring 11, 16 Aug 2014) 0182
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 [...]
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