AP: 2 years later, fish sick near BP disaster -- Sores, parasitic infections, gashes, mysterious black streaks -- Fish, coral, seaweed, dolphins, mangroves, more


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Title: The Associated Press: 2 years later, fish sick near BP oil spill site
Source: AP
Author: CAIN BURDEAU
Date: Apr. 19, 2012

Open sores. Parasitic infections. Chewed-up-looking fins. Gashes. Mysterious black streaks. Two years after the drilling-rig explosion that touched off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, scientists are beginning to suspect that fish in the Gulf of Mexico are suffering the effects of the petroleum.

The evidence is nowhere near conclusive. But if those suspicions prove correct, it could mean that the environmental damage to the Gulf from the BP disaster is still unfolding and the picture isn't as rosy as it might have seemed just a year ago.

And the damage may extend well beyond fish. In the past year, research has emerged showing deep-water coral, seaweed beds, dolphins, mangroves and other species of plants and animals are suffering. [...]

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