Funding Cuts Sink Underwater Lab
Ocean explorer Sylvia Earle sported one Rolex dive watch on each wrist as she slipped beneath the balmy waters of the Florida Keys for a weeklong stay at an undersea research lab where marine biologists have kept constant watch on a coral reef.
It seems that time has almost run out for the lab in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The mission that ended this weekend could be the last at the last publicly funded lab of its kind, because the Obama administration has cut Aquarius’ $3 million annual funding.
Caption: In this undated photo released by One World One Ocean, Sylvia Earle looks out of a porthole from Aquarius, the undersea research laboratory in the Florida Keys. Aquarius is part of NOAA’s National Undersea Research Program, but the budget has been cut by the federal government. Image: AP Photo, One World One Ocean, Mark Ostrick
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