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Press Release 12-057
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill's Effects on Deep-Water Corals

Damaged deep-sea corals discovered months after Deepwater Horizon spill

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Photo of a sea fan with anemone and brittle starfish clinging to its branches.

Sea fan in the deep with anemone and brittle starfish clinging to coral branches.

Credit: Charles Fisher, PSU


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Photo of  oil bubbles in the wake of an oceanographic research vessel.

Oil bubbles in the wake of an oceanographic research vessel on its way to the Gulf spill site.

Credit: WHOI


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Photo of an autonomous underwater vehicle being loaded onto a research vessel.

Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry is loaded onto a research vessel.

Credit: Rich Camilli, WHOI


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Photo of the upper portion of a yellow deep-sea octocoral with branches covered with brown material.

Upper portion of a yellow deep-sea octocoral with branches covered with brown material.

Credit: Charles Fisher, PSU


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Photo of deep-sea coral colonies with dark wilted branches.

Normally vibrant yellow deep-sea coral colonies with dark "wilted" branches.

Credit: Charles Fisher, PSU


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Photo of a dead deep-sea coral with orange branch tips and brittle starfish.

Deep-sea coral, now likely dead despite orange branch tips, with brittle starfish attached.

Credit: Charles Fisher, PSU


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