From the beach, the Gulf of Mexico looks like a large body of water
with a few ships and drilling platforms dotting the horizon. But what
you don't see may be one of Nature's best kept secrets.
It's hard to imagine, but 100 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico,
south of the Texas-Louisiana border, where the water is deep blue
and crystal clear, you'll find an underwater wonderland that is home
to hundreds of species of tropical fish and colorful marine plants
and animals. It is a place where once a year the living sea floor
erupts into a synchronous display of reproduction. A place that fascinates
scientists and sport divers alike.