Nearly two-years ago to the day of the BP oil spill – the long-lasting consequences that scientists feared most are now coming to the surface. Scientists studying marine life in the Gulf of Mexico are discovering “alarming” rates of deformities in fish, shrimp, crab, and other marine life. That includes eyeless shrimp, fish with sores, and crabs without claws. Scientists are also concerned about depleting coral in the area.
Between the toxic crude that gushed out of the well for three straight months and the dispersal chemicals that were dumped into the water to break up the oil – it’s no wonder that marine life is mutating. As marine scientists Dr. Jim Cowan said in an interview with Al Jazeera, “In my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Forty-percent of all the seafood caught in the continental United States comes from the Gulf of Mexico – that’s something to think about next time Republicans say we can solve all our problems with, “drill, baby, drill!”