PORTLAND, Maine — Researchers from Maine are going back to the Gulf of Mexico to further assess the impacts of the BP oil spill on whale populations in the gulf.
John Wise Sr., an environmental toxicologist at the University of Southern Maine, is leading a three-month scientific expedition with students aboard a 93-foot laboratory-equipped sailboat.
The team left Portland on Saturday in cars bound for Key West, where they will set sail from on Wednesday.
The team’s primary mission is to collect and analyze skin and blubber samples from whales. They’ll also collect other marine specimens such as fish, seaweed and crabs, as well as air, water and sediment samples.