NEW ORLEANS- Federal scientists have found damage to deep sea coral and other marine life miles from the BP well, concurring that the damage could be greater than officials previously stated.
As for the coral, computer models and research cruises say that this could mean long-term trouble for the area southwest of the well reported USA Today.
Not only does the contamination pose problems for the coral reef, the coral serves as a habitat for many species, posing a significant threat to other marine life.
A Penn State University biologist, Charles Fischer, said that this was the first time anyone had seen an indication of impact to deep sea animals due to this deep-sea event.
BP officials could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday reported CNN News.