Exploring for Black Corals in Flower Garden Banks NMS

Exploring for Black Corals in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

June 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary with expedition lead Dr. Mercer R. Brugler, from New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and the American Museum of Natural History.

In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. Aboard the research vessel Manta, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration staff, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary researchers, and partner scientists ventured about 100 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas to investigate the biology and ecology of black coral colonies. Join us to learn about the highlights from this expedition as lead scientist  Dr. Mercer R. Brugler recounts their exploration.

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