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Travel Times of Passive Drifters from the Western Caribbean to the Gulf of Mexico and Florida-Bahamas


Travel times of passive drifters along five predetermined routes connecting coral reefs in the western Caribbean with reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and FloridaBahamas are provided. Mean surface velocities used to estimate time were derived from ship drifts and from satellite-tracked drifters. Estimated times include 55-135 d between Belize and the Flower Garden Banks, 26-42 d between Belize/Yucatan and Florida-Bahamas, and 31 d from Campeche to Vera Cruz. These results agree with the time of waterborne pathogen arrival at the Flower Garden Banks from Belize and an oil slick reaching Texas from Campeche.