2011 September 11, Sunday afternoon
Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi's "Green Canyon"
Whale Sharks are back in the Gulf! And this was a stellar day for whale-shark scientists. This afternoon, about a hundred miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, the bait balls were alive, the tuna were jumping, the birds were eating, and every single one of those glittering circles of life had a beautiful whale shark feeding. In an area not much farther from the Innovator rig than about 5 nm north and south, we quickly spotted at least 15 whale sharks. Divers from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory managed to place gps tags on five different animals, and also took core samples from four individual animals. It was a beautiful, no -- thrilling -- site to see these gentle giants again.
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