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Not Just Oil Rigs: Gulf of Mexico is Home to Pristine Coral Reefs

About 100 miles off the coast of Galveston, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, lies the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a group of coral reefs that boasts manta rays, huge coral heads and hundreds of species of fish. The banks are managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and every few weeks NOAA’s marine research […]

About 100 miles off the coast of Galveston, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, lies the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a group of coral reefs that boasts manta rays, huge coral heads and hundreds of species of fish.

The banks are managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and every few weeks NOAA’s marine research vessel, the RV Manta, travels out to check on the reefs.

Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin talks with the research team about how this oasis of nature came to be in an area punctuated with refineries.

MORE:
A documentary about the Flower Garden Banks has been produced. It’s called Window in the Waves. Here’s a preview:

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