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Jul 2, 2010 6:22 AM by Chris Welty

Cruise Looking at Whales and Gulf Oil Spill

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Scientists have returned to the Gulf of
Mexico to study the oil spill's effects on whales and other
endangered animals.
Tags, tissue samples, and sound are among the methods that the
scientific crew on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration research ship will use to study sperm whale and
Bryde's (BRU-des) whales.
Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and from
Cornell and Oregon State universities joined NOAA scientists on the
multi-week cruise.
Among other things, they'll set out two kinds of sea-floor
listening buoys to record the sounds made by whales and other
marine mammals.
The studies began in mid-June, and will end Aug. 4. The research
ship Gordon Gunter returned to Pascagoula, its home port, for
equipment and supplies, and left again on Thursday.

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