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The sanctuary sponsors, coordinates and/or participates in a variety of expeditions each year. Following each expedition, a report is usually compiled. Some of the reports are also posted to the web site.

Click on the highlighted links below to get information about some of our 2009 expeditions. For a comprehensive list, see the 2009 Research Report.

Colored map showing baythymetry of Southern Bank in Gulf of Mexico.  The shallowest sections are in red.October 11-14, 2009 HRI-NOAA Expedition, R/V Manta
- ROV exploration of South Texas Banks

Spawning coralAugust 11-14, 2009 Coral Spawning, R/V Manta
- Observations of the annual mass spawning event.

Teacher at a microscope on board the R/V MantaAugust 3-5, 2009 Science at Sea Teacher Cruise, R/V Manta
- Pilot of workshop to get teachers doing science at sea.

Deepwater habitat showing soft corals and reef fish.July 20-25, 2009 Marine Debris Assessment, R/V Manta
Technical divers search for marine debris and collect deepwater coral samples.

March 1-6, 2009 TAMUG CHIRP Cruise, R/V Manta
- Surveys of sea floor near Sabine Bank and Galveston.
- Testing of equipment capabilities on board the Manta.

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Orange, branching gorgonian (soft coral) anchored in a bed of sponges and other sea life.
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