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An Underwater Look at the Gulf of Mexico

A Houston writer and photographer hopes to improve understanding of the Gulf of Mexico by showing more of what it looks like — underneath the surface.

Gulf of Mexico Beach Galveston - MHagerty

(Photo: Michael Hagerty Houston Public Media)

Glorious Gulf of Mexico - Book CoverHouston-based writer and photographer Jesse Cancelmo is publishing a book that he hopes will inspire better understanding and appreciation of the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s called Glorious Gulf of Mexico: Life Below the Blue, and he joins us to talk about his work.

Cancelmo discusses what prompted him to do the book, why he thinks the Gulf of Mexico gets a bad rap in terms of its aquatic life — at least compared to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans — and he tries to clear up some misconceptions about the gulf.