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The lasting impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill on marine life

A recent expedition to the Gulf of Mexico has revealed ongoing environmental damage from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, showing little signs of recovery for the marine ecosystem.

Xander Peters reports for Hakai Magazine.


In short:

  • Fourteen years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, marine life at the site continues to exhibit signs of distress, including discolored and injured crabs.
  • The seabed remains largely devoid of its usual inhabitants like sea cucumbers and corals, indicating a slow recovery process.
  • While some new life forms are beginning to appear on the wreckage, the overall biodiversity remains significantly reduced compared to pre-disaster levels.

Key quote:

"We may not actually ever see recovery,"

— Craig McClain, deep-sea biologist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Why this matters:

The persistent environmental damage highlighted by this expedition underscores the long-term impacts of oil spills on marine ecosystems. Read more: Unplugged: Abandoned oil and gas wells leave the ocean floor spewing methane.

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