Smithsonian Features Research about Brittle Stars Helping Coral Recover from Oil Spill

Paragorgia species of coral also known as “bubble gum coral” photographed in the Gulf of Mexico June 2017. Photo courtesy of ECOGIG

Paragorgia species of coral also known as “bubble gum coral” photographed in the Gulf of Mexico June 2017. Photo courtesy of ECOGIG

The Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal published an article about deep sea coral affected by the Deepwater Horizon incident and how their recovery is linked to the sea creature that lives on them. The ECOGIG research consortium are monitoring the health of these corals over time using high-resolution imagery, and they have made some amazing discoveries.

Read the article A Brittle Star may be a Coral’s Best Friend to learn more about the mutually beneficial relationship of brittle stars and coral.

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GoMRI and the Smithsonian have a partnership to enhance oil spill science content on the Ocean Portal website.

This research was made possible in part by a grant from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to the Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG).

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