Documentary Highlights Deepwater Spill Impacts on Deep-Sea Corals

A screenshot from the ECOGIG documentary film, “Jewels of the Gulf“.

“Jewels of the Gulf” is a 16-minute documentary that highlights research by the ECOGIG Global Program into Deepwater Horizon’s continued impacts on deep-sea corals.

Synopsis: “On April 20th 2010, approximately 50 miles from the Louisiana coastline, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig experienced a catastrophic failure that resulted in the largest marine oil spill in history. Over the course of 87 days, an estimated 210 million gallons of oil surged into the Gulf of Mexico from a wellhead nearly one mile beneath the surface. Images in the media portrayed the dire consequences to human lives and livelihoods, animals, and shorelines. But there are impacts that the media didn’t cover — the impacts of the spill on the deepwater ecosystems of the Gulf. Scientists are documenting the continued impacts of the accident on the unique and beautiful deep sea corals that form the basis of diverse biological communities deep beneath the Gulf’s surface. ” (c) ECOGIG 2017 (Allison Albritton, Sara Beresford and Emily Davenport)

Watch the documentary film on the ECOGIG Vimeo channel.

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