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Whale Sighting Today!

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Hi everyone!  DEEPEND science is so exciting that even the whales are following us!  Just wanted to share that some of our team were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an Orca today!  Even though it was a bit far from the vessel, a few pictures and video were captured.

As rare as they are to see out here, it is thought that there are some resident Orcas that live here in the Gulf of Mexico.  

We will be keeping our eyes open when we are out on deck as the sea state is perfect for more whale sightings!


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Dr. Heather Judkins is an associate professor in the Integrative Biology Department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She received a Bachelors degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, Masters degree in Science Education from Nova Southeastern University and her PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on understanding the evolution, ecology, and biogeography of cephalopods with a main focus currently in the Wider Caribbean. Her role in this project includes the identification of deep-sea cephalopods, examining genetic diversity, and analysis of cephalopod ecology and distribution in the water column.
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