The Associated Press reports, "The crab larvae discovery was an ominous sign that crude had already infiltrated the Gulf's vast food web — and could affect it for years to come."
Bob Thomas, a biologist at Loyola University in New Orleans told the AP, "It would suggest the oil has reached a position where it can start moving up the food chain instead of just hanging in the water."
Thomas said the creatures such as dolphins and tuna, could get fatal "megadoses" as the oil moves up the food chain.
Harriet Perry, a biologist with the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, said to the AP, "Many of the crab larvae collected have had the distinctive orange oil droplets... 40 percent of the area they are known to inhabit has been affected by oil from the spill."
"In my 42 years of studying crabs I've never seen this," Perry added.
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