Trouble Down Below

Much of the spill’s damage will play out in the ocean’s deepest layers.

Illustration: Nicholas Felton

The deep waters BP’s spill has fouled are home to krill, lantern fish, and other species that are keystones in the entire marine food web.

Hidden DamagesIllustration: Nicholas Felton

Read also: MoJo‘s complete BP coverage, Julia Whitty on the oil spill cover-up, and the rest of our special report on BP’s deep ocean secrets.


Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn’t fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation so we can keep on doing the type of journalism that 2018 demands.

Donate Now