Deepwater organisms may be slow to recover from Gulf accident
Deepwater corals didn’t escape the ecological damage of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. How much they were hurt depended on how close to the spill’s source they were.
Six months after the spill, marine scientists sent deep-diving submersibles down 290 to 2,600 meters to check out the damage at the bottom of the Gulf. At several sites more than 20 kilometers away from the ruptured wellhead, deepwater corals such as Paramuricea apparently continued to thrive. But just 11 kilometers from the spil