Dead Coral Found Near Site of Gulf Oil Spill, New York Times, November 5, 2010:
The large swaths of darkened coral and other damaged marine organisms were almost certainly dying from exposure to toxins, scientists said.
The corals were discovered on Tuesday by scientists aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel, using a submersible robot equipped with still and video cameras and sampling tools.
The documented presence of oil plumes in the area, the close proximity of BP’s well and the recent nature of the die-off make it highly likely that the spill was responsible, said Charles Fisher, a marine biologist from Penn State University who is the chief scientist on the gulf expedition, which was financed by the federal government.
‘I think that we have a smoking gun," he said.