Scientists now say they can definitively finger oil from BP’s blown out well as the culprit for the slow death of a once brightly colored deep sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico.
In a study that was just released scientists say meticulous chemical analysis of samples taken in late 2010 proves that oil from B-P’s out-of-control well devastated corals living about seven miles southwest of the well.
Most of the Gulf’s bottom is muddy but coral colonies that pop up every once in a while are vital oases for marine life in the chilly ocean depths. Scientist say the injured and dying coral today has bare skeleton, loose tissue and is covered in heavy mucous and brown fluffy material.
Biologist Erik Cordes who went down to the site in a research submarine says “It was like a graveyard of corals” down there. BP did not immediately comment on the scientific study.