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Dolphin offshore

Posted on June 27, 2010 by bp complaints

Dolphin swimming at the deepwater horizon spill site

Video and Editing by Jim Webb TheWebbWorks.com – Digital Video and Audio R/V Bellows Returns from Loop Current By Vickie Chachere ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Updated May 24, 2010) As scientific models show oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill entering the Gulf of Mexicos Loop Current, USF’s R/V Bellows and a team of scientists ended a five-day voyage to the current Monday, but still have much work to do on water samples drawn from those waters. The Bellows is the second USF ship involved in the oil spill response. The R/V Weatherbird sailed Saturday for its second trip into the spill zone, a six-day mission to determine if oil from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well has pooled in the depths of the gulf. The Bellows voyage involved collecting water samples from the Loop Current to determine if oil below the gulfs surface is present in the fast-moving current that runs the length of the state of Florida. Scientists used high-tech underwater sensors to explore in depths that cannot be examined by satellite images. Scientists also were on the lookout for tar balls and deployed drifters to estimate eastward movement of the oil in the Loop Current. No visible oil was seen on the current’s surface, the scientists reported during their journey. The gulf Loop Current is about 80 to 100 miles from Floridas west coast. USF PhD students Peter Simard, who studies whales and dolphins, and Brian Barnes, an optical oceanographer who studies the coral reefs near the Florida Keys, were on board
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