GASP! Gulf Area Sea Paddlers
Wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico
Photo Courtesy of
Chamber of Commerce
The Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean contain some of the most spectacular
in the world including the rare and charming manatee, playful bottlenose
dolphins, rare migrating
whooping cranes, American crocodile and alligator, roseate spoonbills, sea
whale sharks, just to name a few. Right in our own backyard, we have a glorious
myriad of bird species that grace our warm, blue skies with variations
the changing seasons as they migrate through our area, often stopping to rear
their young. Always under construction, this section of the
GASP! web page is
to inform of the different species, their habitats, the nature around them, and
to provide information on how we can all help to see that these animals will
be around for
the enjoyment of future generations.
- About Manatees
- from Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Florida
- NOAA Fisheries - Lots of
information on marine resources, permits, conservation, endangered species
- The Loveable
What is a Manatee - A Sea World Education Department Resource
- Manatees -
A Sea World Education Department Resource - a comprehensive site on
the manatee covering diet, reproduction, habitat, distribution and
Bottlenose Dolphins - Sea World Education Department Resource - a
comprehensive site on the dolphin covering its habitat, distribution,
behavior and conservation
Info on Communication and Echolocation of Dolphins (Listen to a Dolphin) -
Sea World Education Department Resource
Dolphins - Information on different dolphin species.
- About Those Sharks...
Shrimp Boats: A Gaveston Dolphin's Smorgasbord - by Dagmar Fertl and
Bernd Wursig of the Marine Mammal Research Program of Texas A & M University.
- The American
Alligator - University of Florida. Good list of safety tips, impressive
photos (check out long snout, weight, and size.
Specialist Group - University of Florida
Turtles - Sea World Education Department Resoure
Sea Turtles - NOAA Ocean Sciences
Whales - NOAA Ocean Sciences
- Northern Atlantic
Right Wale - NOAA Ocean Sciences
Whale - General information and chart showing distribution of the
humback throughout the world (including in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean).
- Tragedy of the seas
- Troubled Waters, Special Report. Post And Courier reporter Tony Bartelme,
photographer Mic Smith and graphic artist Mark Whitney offer this special
report on the problems facing the commercial fishing industry.
NOAA Ocean Sciences
Resource Guide for Teachers of Marine Science
- Fish FAQ - Northeast
Fisheries Science Center
Organizations And What You Can Do To Help
Other Environmental Related Links
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