- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

COCODRIE, La. (AP) - Marine zoology students at Nicholls State got a rare chance to study offshore aquatic life, thanks to a Mississippi research vessel.

Professor Gary Lafleur tells The Courier (https://bit.ly/1CJR08U ) that students in the Louisiana University Marine Consortium’s summer field course usually can study only inshore species.

But this summer, the University of Southern Mississippi’s research boat is docked in Cocodrie, along with LUMCON’s own research vessel. That let the class of six, LaFleur and another professor go offshore for 24 hours in June. LaFleur says the vessel trawled in water 60 feet deep 50 miles south of Cocodrie.

He says the students collected and studied twice the usual number of species for the class.

The course introduces students to various animals in the Gulf of Mexico with an emphasis on how they adapt to changing Louisiana habitats.

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