Robots find BLACK WORMHOLES south of Gulf Shores, Ala. — Usually WHITE; Scientists want to know if oil-related

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Scientists studying BP’s Gulf oil disaster are “intrigued” by the discovery of unusual colored “wormholes”,according to the Associated Press.

In it’s report from Gulfport, Mississippi, the AP noted that “photographs taken by robots in about 250 feet of water south of Gulf Shores, Ala. [show worms] producing black instead of the usual white wormholes.”

“The photographs showed a lump about 3 to 6 feet high in the middle of a heavily trawled, very flat area. It was only the hump that was dotted with black — wormholes on the flat sea floor around it were white,” reported the AP.

The worms “left black ‘castings’ on the sandy mound… piquing the interest of researchers who want to know whether oil” played a part.

Scientists are analyzing whether this phenomenon is being caused by a nearby abandoned well that might be leaking oil which the worms are swallowing, the AP added.

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The underwater robot couldn’t take sediment samples — just pictures, Hirshfield said. The photographs showed a lump about 3 to 6 feet high in the middle of a heavily trawled, very flat area. It was only the hump that was dotted with black — wormholes on the flat sea floor around it were white.

“This new information reinforces our concern for marine life in the Gulf,” he said. “While it is good news that no new oil is gushing from the well, seafloor habitats and fish remain vulnerable to the oil that is already in the water. We hope our expedition will help us better understand the true impacts of this disaster, even after the media cameras are gone.”

Here is a photo of the normally white wormholes from the Horn Island Photo Gallery on the Mississippi Barrier Islands site.

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