Gulf Marine Mammal Research & Rescue Mission

 
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Nov 28, 2011

Campaign Update

Research Vessel Odyssey in Gulf
Research Vessel Odyssey in Gulf

It's been over a year and a half since BP's oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, eventually leaking more than 200 million gallons of oil and unleashing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

According to a recent report that analyzed the spill's true toll on wildlife, its estimated that about 6,000 sea turtles, a staggering 82,000 birds, and 26,000 dolphins and whales were likely harmed by the spill.

The research vessel Odyssey has completed its 2011 voyage to the Gulf and successfully biopsied 83 whales including 79 sperm whales.

We are now analyzing all the new data.

With your continued support, we plan to return to the Gulf over the next decade to document what happens there and to continue this critical work. We thank you all for your support!


Jul 15, 2011

Gulf Marine Mammal Research Mission Update

Reserach Vessel Odyssey
Reserach Vessel Odyssey

It's been over a year since BP's oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, eventually leaking more than 200 million gallons of oil and unleashing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

According to a recent report that analyzed the spill's true toll on wildlife, its estimated that about 6,000 sea turtles, a staggering 82,000 birds, and 26,000 dolphins and whales were likely harmed by the spill.

Currently the research vessel Odyssey is in the Gulf for its second voyage since the disaster. She's been there for 40 days now and has collected over 40 sperm whale samples.

WOdyssee are also currently analyzing the data from the over 50 tissue samples from sperm, brydes, and humpback whales along with samples from 43 different species of fish that were collected on last year's voyage to help us determine the baseline contaminate load for the Gulf and its creatures.

With your continued support, we plan to return to the Gulf over the next decade to document what happens there and to continue this critical work. We thank you all for your support!


Sperm Whale Fluke
Sperm Whale Fluke
Feb 22, 2011

Gulf Marine Mammal Research Mission Update

Ten months ago, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and launching the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history as more than 206 million gallons of oil spilled into this fragile ecosystem. More than 6,800 birds, sea turtles, dolphins and marine mammals were killed in the BP spill. Thousands more were harmed, and the legacy of the spill will continue impacting the environment for decades to come. For a reality check: Twenty-one years after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil -- about 5 percent of BP's spill -- in Alaska's Prince William Sound, oil continues to affect marine and coastal environments and can be found by simply digging into the sand there. Currently we are prepping the research vessel Odyssey for its return to the Gulf this summer for its second voyage since the disaster and we are also currently analyzing the data from the over 50 tissue samples from sperm, brydes, and humpback whales along with samples from 43 different species of fish that were collected on the first voyage to help us determine the baseline contaminate load for the Gulf and its creatures. With your continued support, we plan to return to the Gulf over the next decade to document what happens there and to continue this critical work. We thank you all for your support!

Oct 21, 2010

Gulf Marine Mammal Research Project Update

Sperm Whale
Sperm Whale

Six months ago today, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and launching the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history as more than 206 million gallons of oil spilled into this fragile ecosystem.

More than 6,800 birds, sea turtles, dolphins and marine mammals were killed in the BP spill. Thousands more were harmed, and the legacy of the spill will continue impacting the environment for decades to come. For a reality check: Twenty-one years after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil -- about 5 percent of BP's spill -- in Alaska's Prince William Sound, oil continues to affect marine and coastal environments and can be found by simply digging into the sand there.

More bad news: This week, Interior Secretary Salazar lifted the deepwater drilling moratorium, an action that's clearly premature. Rather than the nation rushing to return to business as usual, we should put all new deep and shallow water offshore drilling on hold until industry and government can prove that it's safe. The price is simply too high, and the risks too great, to move ahead with any offshore drilling without addressing these fundamental dangers.

Now for some good news. Our research vessel, The Odyssey has been in the Gulf for the past 3 months and we have collected over 50 tissue samples from sperm, brydes, and humpback whales. We have samples from 43 different species of fish. We have water samples, sediment samples, air samples, krill samples, many other invertebrate samples, dolphin blow samples, parasite samples, acoustic data, videos, and photos.

Our work has just begun as we now head back to the lab to analyze all our data to determine the baseline contaminate load for the Gulf and its creatures. With your continued support, we plan to return to the Gulf over the next decade to document what happens there and to continue this critical work. We thank you all for your support!

Collecting Krill
Collecting Krill
Oil gushing out of fish
Oil gushing out of fish
View From Odyssey
View From Odyssey's Crow's Nest
Gulf Sunset
Gulf Sunset

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Jeff Pantukhoff

Lahaina, HI United States

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