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Camera lost at sea gives clues on Gulf currents

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A camera that washed up on the shores of Galveston after traveling 1,144 miles over nine months is helping a team of scientists prove theories about the path seaweed takes through the Atlantic.

Texas A&M scientist Capt. Robert Webster hopes the camera may also help them unravel the mysteries of why storms behave the way they do, from the track they take to the power they unleash.

The barnacle-encrusted camera from the Caribbean island of Cayman Brac was discovered by Galveston resident Tom Linton in September.

With the help of a Galveston police detective, Linton found the camera's owner, Nina Banks.

Webster will return the camera by traveling the path it took from Cayman Brac to Texas, and get a closer look at seaweed slicks and currents.

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