Ocean Discovery Day at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 2012

posted Sep 26, 2012, 3:14 PM by Jacqui Stanley   [ updated Sep 26, 2012, 3:14 PM ]
This year, Ocean Discovery Day was really well attended and many members of the public arrived at the FGBNMS campus ready to paint! Since we featured the top of the Flower Garden Reef last year, we dove deeper this year and revealed what we see, through ROV cruises, at 300 feet and deeper.

I printed out many, many pictures from the ROV videos and compiled a collage of what might be seen at these great depths. Once again, the garage became my studio and it took almost 6 weeks of constant work to create the final interpretation.
Just like last year, sanctuary staff were on hand to explain and make the art experience a valuable educational event. Soon, we heard people discussing habitats, and naming the wide variety of marine animals found at this depth.
The mural was complete by mid day and we had to turn away people, one of whom was in tears when they realized they missed out!
Next year we move on to showcase another habitat in the National Marine Sanctuary system - the Kelp Forest. I've already started!!

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Jacqui Stanley,
Sep 26, 2012, 3:14 PM
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Jacqui Stanley,
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Jacqui Stanley,
Sep 26, 2012, 3:14 PM
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