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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary collaborates with Texas Parks and Wildlife to present a Virtual Dive exhibit each year at the annual Wildlife Expo. Over 4,000 visitors toured our exhibit during the two-day event, October 6-7, 2007.

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Photo credits: Drinnen/FGBNMS

Exhibit tables with blue tablecloths set up outside the entry to a tent housing a virtual dive exhibit
Entry to the Virtual Dive exhibit at Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo at the start of the day.
People walking by a table top display of images from the sanctuary on their way into the virtual dive exhibit
Shelley DuPuy and a volunteer greet visitors as they enter the Virtual Dive.
A red, white and blue catering tent with a line of people waiting to view the exhibit housed within
The Virtual Dive was a popular exhibit, with lines forming as the day progressed.
A father holding his small daughter in front of the sanctuary table top display.  The father is wearing a paper dive mask.
Visitors Mike and Sarah Morgan getting ready to enter the exhibit.
A boy in a red shirt wearing a paper dive mask inside the exhibit area
Boy Scout Kyle Talley wearing his virtual dive mask inside the exhibit area.
Visitors looking pictures of fish displayed on the reef pieces made of recycled materials.
Visitors counting fish hiding in the artificial reef structures made of recycled materials.
A gentleman and two young boys looking at a fish identification card and trying to match the photos to a photo of a fish diplayed on the fake reef structure
A family trying to identify the fish they found on the virtual reef.
A boy and his mother writing down which fish they have seen in the exhibit.  Large banners showing actual seens from the sanctuary are displayed in the background.
Visitors consulting their fish ID cards and noting which species they've seen on the banners and reef formations.

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Juvenile blue tang (fish).  Bright yellow body with irridescent blue marking around eye and at top edge of dorsal fin.
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