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Gulf Watch: Sponge Culture

  • Aired: 08/11/2011
  • 05:14
  • Rating: NR
While the "World Capital for Sponges" distinction has flip-flopped between Tarpon Springs and Greece over the past hundred years, the small Florida town is a cultural landmark. Since sponges are filter feeders and not able to relocate if the water becomes toxic, there are concerns that the dispersants used last year will find their way to the sponge beds and kill off the sponges.
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The Greek community in Tarpon Springs fears an identity loss if oil affects sponge beds
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