The immediate effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were easy to see: tar-covered beaches and wetlands, or pelicans caked in brown goo. But the worst damage took place out of sight at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Three years after the spill, a group of researchers from the University of South Florida are examining its aftermath, and are now starting to piece together the long-term effects of oil on the entire Gulf ecosystem — from huge whales to single-celled animals. Reporter David Levin joined them on a recent expedition.
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Support provided by a grant from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative through the C-IMAGE consortium.