Smithsonian Features Research about the Gulf of Mexico’s Highly Diverse Deep-Sea Habitat

Astronesthes macropogon have a bioluminescent whisker-like sensory organ that attracts small prey into striking distance. (Photo by Dante´ Fenolio)

Astronesthes macropogon have a bioluminescent whisker-like sensory organ that attracts small prey into striking distance. (Photo by Dante´ Fenolio)

The Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal published an article about the diverse deep sea species found in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon incident. The DEEPEND research consortium identified nearly 800 different species in Gulf waters, including 180 species not previously observed in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Read the article The Gulf of Mexico: A Deep-Sea Treasure Trove of Fishes to learn more about deep Gulf biodiversity and what factors researchers theorize may be the cause.

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GoMRI and the Smithsonian have a partnership to enhance oil spill science content on the Ocean Portal website.

This research was made possible in part by a grant from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to the Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) consortium.

The GoMRI is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies.  An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research.  All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available.  The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP.  For more information, visit http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/.

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