A video just made public by Greenpeace informs us that, during one of the latest expeditions carried out by this organization in the Arctic waters, marine scientists found that the Chukchi Sea is intensely populated with Gersemia rubiformis corals, commonly known as sea raspberry.
Apparently, these organisms are thriving precisely where Shell aims to install its drilling sites, which means that any accidental oil spill might have catastrophic consequences on the marine ecosystems in this part of the world.
Greenpeace marine biologist John Hocevar explains that the corals they came across in their dives are crucial for the survival of various fish species and other marine life, as they stand at the basis of the natural habitats in the Chukchi Sea.
Apparently, Shell failed to properly evaluate the importance of these corals in its environmental impact statement.
You can watch John Hocevar speaking about the ecosystems Greenpeace found in the Chukchi Sea in the video at the beginning of this blog.