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. #1 directory

    >>> SCOOP: The tool able to stop the oil spill in the early days of May!!! >>>

    November 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. j rob

    Obamas fault!!

    November 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Queen

    It sure is a "Slap in the face" to the biologist & to many others, but not to me! Wake up America, & get real!!

    November 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lisababy

    Jrob your an idiot how is it Obamas fault when bush has controling interests in halliburton inc who owned the deep water horizon well. HELLO! do a little research before you start blaming people

    November 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmm

      And to say seafood from the gulf is safe eating...yeah right!

      November 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      Your statements are laughable. You are proof positive people can still breath without any brain cells working.

      November 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmm

      @termlimits, go suck some oysters from the BP advocate!

      November 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Was it President Obama the man who wants to level the playing field, by getting rid of lobbist and the way campaigns are funded?

      November 8, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. dennish

    @lisababy:It was Mr Obama that handled this very poorly! It is just as stupid to blame Bush as it is to blame Obama! WISE UP!

    November 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mano

    Did anyone really expect amything different? Of course there is going to be damage there. I'm surprised anything is still living in that vicinity. But I also notice the people who are horrified still drive their cars, fly somewhere for vacation, leave every light in the house on. Do you realize how much electricity it takes to keep millions of street lights on every night? The more stupid waste, the more energy in all forms is needed and the more drilling and pumping required. Want to contribute? Turn everything off, light a candle and read a book. It might even help with your enlightenment a little.

    November 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mano

    And yes it is obamas fault. Where were his inspectors? Why didn't he engage day one? Why did he not take charge? Why not hold him to the same standard as bush during Katrina? Oh, I forgot. We are supposed to hate bush and worship Obama messiah.

    November 6, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The BP?Halburton oil disaster is not President Obamas fault. In what has come into light the past few weeks, can they require them to clean up what is now found. Former President Bush is not responsible for the destuction Katrina caused. But it took 5 days to realize people were on the ground dying, while we watched on TV. The Left and right had better get our heads out of the sand and realize the 2 party system is not working. The name calling needs to stop and let the left and right know we will not vote for either. At this time the far left and far right are not the answer to our discontent. The next election must be for the people for the people. Having to choose between the lesser of the 2 evils cannot be a choice in 2 years.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle

    I'm turning my lights off right now...

    November 7, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phil, Ohio

    Papers in N. Orleans and the sister paper in Cleveland reported in late Oct. that the orange junk you see in the water is algae.
    No, I didn't believe that either!
    No scientific name was provided for this 'Orange Algae' and no reports as to how poisonous it may or may not be.
    All I found on 'Orange Algae' was that it happens in fresh water and is caused by the iron in the soil.
    Well, the Gulf isn't fresh water and if there was iron in the soil, why have we not seen this 'Orange Algae' before?

    November 7, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Janie

    That's a darn shame, and I'm not surprised. BP did a crummy job in handling this disaster, not to mention the people in Washington. And that's putting it nicely. They all get a failing grade. I wonder, if the gas prices have gone up here, because of this disaster? This is the best country in the world, and it's going down the tubes. We should first help our people, not to mention respond more quickly when we have disasters in this country, instead of helping people in other countries. I don't see any other country helping us with our national disasters. The American people should come first.

    November 7, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Janie, you are getting it! Thank you, were do we go from here?

      November 8, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ace

    Bush n katrina obama n oil spill ummmm how is this like the same im lost did the oil spill miss place thousands of ppl hmmmmm i dnt think soooo did the oil spill kill some ppl hmmmmmm i dnt think soooooooo what about destroy houses stores cars ummmmmmm no i didnt notice none of this in the news papers or on the news hmmmmmm buh yet i guess life and homes arent that important win we r in a recession right na buh yet o ya bush started the recession obama jus tryin to fix it buh its equal obama is to blame as much as bush????????? Y again is it equal im lost can u remind me MANO???? Im jus sayin from an adult to another o ya n im only 20 so ya can u tell me?????

    November 7, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. dictionary

    Paganism. Accepting dirt. News flash ... ladies, mom doesn't want you in there afterall. Elly May and the Clam-pets was a bad idea. Gentlemen ... help the ladies out, in a nice way.

    November 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dictionary

    Where does fertilizer come from? The area is going through its nature phases ... every little thing's gonna be all right. ...
    The trouble with Bush is that he had no spine. Trouble with Obama is that he is a rock. Hopefully, the next president will understand the purpose and responsibility associated with the position. Hopefully Hillary will flip and become the republican that she really is and help John B. He's a guy who understands his position and doesn't have a personal power agenda.

    November 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    The gulf wasn't clean before the BP/Shell disaster and it's not clean now. This "spill" only accounts for a small percentage of the oil leaking from the 50,000 other gulf oilwells daily. Factor in the billions of pounds of pollutanats dumped into the gulf via the Mississippi River, and you see this "spill" is nothing more than the proverbial cherry on top of the ice cream.

    November 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    Pollutants rather.

    November 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
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