Scientists say BP oil spill the culprit for heavy toll on corals

The damaged corals were discovered in October 2010 by academic and government scientists, but it’s taken until now for them to declare a definite link to the oil spill.

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. The injured and dying coral today has bare skeleton, loose tissue and is covered in heavy mucous and brown fluffy material, the paper said.

“It was like a graveyard of corals,” said Erik Cordes, a biologist at Temple University who went down to the site in the Alvin research submarine.

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By Associated Press, Published: March 26

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