A colony of coral at the impacted site 6 km from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

A colony of coral at the impacted site 6 km from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Coral

A colony of coral from a newly discovered coral community with attached anemones and brittle stars from a site 6 km from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site. The patchy brown growth on the normally gold-colored coral is not found on healthy colonies and is diagnostic for corals impacted during the spill. 

Image: Fisher lab, Penn State University