November 6th, 2010
04:56 PM ET

Scientists find damaged marine life near BP spill site

Scientists have found evidence of "dramatic" damage to deep-sea coral near the site of the Gulf oil disaster that one biologist called a shocking find that "slapped you in the face."

"This was the first time that anyone has seen a visually compelling indication of impact to deep sea animals in the vicinity of this deep-sea event," said Charles Fisher, a Penn State University biologist and the leader of a government-funded research expedition.

The research team encountered an apparently "unhealthy" colony of Madrepora - a hard coral species - on November 2 at a depth of 1,400 meters. While some in the coral colony appeared normal, others were covered in a "brown material" and were producing "abundant mucous," he said.

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  1. j rob

    I blame everything on obama its funny to get people going..

    November 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • What-ef-verrrr!

      You are so narcissstic...but tuh-uh go ahead text something else to tickle our fancy...

      November 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dictionary

    Glad I can make you happy 😎

    November 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Trevor Roach

    How could anyone expect the oil spill you not damage or kill marine life near the spill. I cant believe it took this long to notice this damage done to the coral.

    November 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dictionary

    Ok. Check this one ....
    Capture static energy from the action of rubber tires in a specially designed fender, then send back to cars power source. A car in and of itself can create a wind turbine with a scoop on the roof and a tunnel through it.

    November 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Brieske

    I think the spill was Lisababy's fault. She was on that oil rig earning money putting some pipe in while looking up at the ceiling wondering about what she needed from the organic food store after she stopped to see how her freinds were doing living in a big endangered tree.
    Unfortunately one of fifty guys waiting in line outside Lisababy's work area was suppose to be monitoring the cement quality at that time. Bad cement was used to plug the hole because another hole was being, ah you know what I mean.
    It was Lisababy's fault.

    November 7, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cesar

    @Ace. So.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Hi Jimmy I see that you are degrading women with your usual flare. There is only one hole that needs to be plugged here, your PIE HOLE. Ho hum, nothing nice or constuctive AGAIN.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    CNN...CNN...CNN...Hey, way off the oil thing CNN. But you could go page by page and let us know the effects on the average american worker. Ya know have a lawyer, insurance person, and tax person to debate the ins and outs of the change. Is it true when I pay for me insurance I will also have to pay taxes on that money?

    November 8, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Don Jones

    The investigation into this disaster is a joke. There is no justice if some Haliburton and Transocean exec's don't do jail time, along with their BP counterparts. They are getting the best justice money can buy.. The USA talks about other corrupt countries, what a joke! If this had happened in Cuba, there would be hell to pay.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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