For the first time, federal scientists have found damage to deep sea coral and other marine life on the ocean floor several miles from the blown-out BP well – a strong indication that damage from the spill could be significantly greater than officials had previously acknowledged.
Tests are needed to verify that the coral died from oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, but the chief scientist who led the government-funded expedition said Friday he was convinced it was related.
See also the special edition of the National Geographic magazine, available online at this location, that is devoted to the environmental and ecological dimensions and ramifications of the oil spill. The hard copy edition, published in October, is also worth saving. Thanks to Bill Cumming for pointing out this online resource.
- You: Dead Coral Found Near Site of Gulf Oil Spill (nytimes.com)