The images demonstrate that the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.
At a science conference in Washington, Samantha Joye aired early
results of her December submarine dives around the BP spill site.
She went to places she had visited much of the summer and said she expected the oil and residue from oil-munching microbes would be gone by then.
She also showed pictures of oil-choked bottom-dwelling critters.
At the same meeting Saturday, federal officials announced the
start of the gulf restoration planning process that BP will pay for.
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