One of the gulper samplers for collecting water samples
The Gulper is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico from NOAA's research Vessel Gordon Gunter (Image: Yanwu Zhang/MBARI)
A cross section of 50 km (30 miles) of ocean created by MBARI's AUV off the coast of California (Image: Image: John Ryan/MBARI)
With the latest attempt to stem the oil flow from the Deepwater Horizon oil well by pumping heavy drilling liquids into the well having failed, there is still no end in sight to the disaster that began more than a month ago. To help shed some light on where oil is spilling beneath the ocean surface and to aid biologists and others understand the effects of this catastrophic event, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s (MBARI’s) Division of Marine Operations has sent a high-tech robotic submersible to the oily waters of the Gulf.
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