In this Sept. 4, 2010 picture, biologist Eric Hoffmayer of the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory holds a satellite tag that he plans to attach to a whale shark in the... more 
In this Sept. 4, 2010 picture, biologist Eric Hoffmayer of the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory holds a satellite tag that he plans to attach to a whale shark in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 4, 2010. Once almost a wilderness in the world of scientific research, the Gulf of Mexico has turned into the scientific version of a gold rush. A "black gold" rush because of the BP oil spill. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By John Flesher
Wed, Sep 29, 2010 2:31 PM EDT