Gulf Ship Tour

Gulf Ship Tour, what we learned:

We embarked on a three-month expedition to support independent research into the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster. Join us as we present highlights from the tour, take your questions and let you know what we're doing next.

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Follow our ship tour, interactive map:

We traveled throughout the Gulf, bringing independent research scientists on board to examine various aspects of oil spill impacts. Whether by ship, helicopter or even by submarine, see where we went and what we saw by selecting layers to view on the map below. View our ship's route, blogs, images, videos and tweets by selecting the checkmark next to the layer name. Then click on the icon to view content or on the ship route's path to learn more about that leg of the tour.

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Oil and coal on the Mississippi Delta

Blog by Joe Smyth | October 24, 2010

Yesterday the Arctic Sunrise headed up the Mississippi River toward New Orleans, and along the way our team documented a mile long stretch of oil on the ocean surface just west of the Mississippi Delta. This comes more than six...

Disaster on the Horizon

Blog by Mark Floegel | October 22, 2010 2 comments

I was in Venice, Louisiana in late April and early May of this year, waiting for the first oil from the blowout of BP’s Macondo well to come ashore. Journalists from across the globe, politicians, fishermen, government bureaucrats,...

"But are you seeing any oil?"

Blog by John Hocevar | October 19, 2010 6 comments

Many of the people I talk to about the work we’re doing right now, using a submarine to survey deep sea corals in the Gulf of Mexico, understandably want to know where all the oil from the BP Horizon disaster has gone. They want to...

You're Invited Onboard

Blog by John Hocevar | October 19, 2010 7 comments

Right now I’m onboard the Arctic Sunrise in the Gulf of Mexico, and I’d like to invite you to join me. We’ve been working with independent scientists to uncover the truth around the world’s largest oil spill, and I want to share...

Submarines for a healthy Gulf

Blog by John Hocevar | October 17, 2010

A couple days ago, we advanced the cause of science and conservation by throwing someone else's hundred thousand dollar piece of equipment over the side of the ship.  It sank to the bottom.   Fortunately, this was all part of the...

Water water everywhere, but greed has pushed us to the brink

Blog by John Hocevar | October 15, 2010

Greetings from Viosca Knoll, out in the Gulf of Mexico (and happy Blog Action Day ). If you google Viosca Knoll, you might find a bit about the cold water coral reefs which are found here. Most of what you'll find, though, are...

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