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Scientists find dead, dying corals near BP well

Scientists find dead, dying corals near BP well

POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 9:08pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 10:35am

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Federal scientists say they have found
damage to deep sea corals and other marine life several miles from
where BP's blown-out well spewed millions of gallons of oil into
the Gulf of Mexico.

Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration along with Penn State University and others examined
the coral.

Scientists said Thursday that surveys using remotely operated
vehicles down to 4,600 feet, and roughly seven miles from the BP
well, found dead and dying corals. Some appeared to be coated with
a "brown substance."

Further tests are needed to determine if the substance is oil,
and if it came from BP's well that blew out in April off Louisiana.

NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco says the government is committed to
ongoing research in the region to determine the extent of damage.


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