In 1960, Dr. Thomas Pulley, Director Emeritus of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, led the first scientific expedition to the Flower Garden Banks to determine the truth behind the rumors of coral reefs in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In addition to professional researchers, the explorers included Navy divers.
Another trip in 1967 was documented by the World Book Science Service and resulted in an article that was published in March 1968.
These photos and the article were shared with us by one of the original divers, Robert Woods, who was also a photographer for the trip.
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