Dolphins too? Shark researchers “looking at fertility and if the animal’s reproductive systems have been affected” by oil disaster (VIDEO)

Research may explain effects of Gulf oil spill on ecosystem, WINK, March 02, 2011:

“Once you have oil, that massive amount of oil spilled into the environment, you already got severe problems,” Dr. Richard Pierce, director of Mote Marine’s Center for Ecotoxicology told WINK. …

[T]he long term effects are the biggest concern. Mote’s Senior Vice President of research, Dr. Michael crosby explains the concept of trophic cascading, a way to refer to major changes in the food chain that could occur as a result of oil contamination. “If any of those species are negatively impacted over the longer term following the oil spill, it has cascading impacts throughout the entire ecosystem; the entire seascape,” he said.

Dr. Robert Hueter says… “We are looking at fertility and if the animal’s reproductive systems have been affected by the chemical pollution they may have been exposed to.” Dr. Robert Hueter is leading a study to see how oil affects the top predators in the gulf, sharks! …

“I’ve heard people say we dodged a bullet… I say we took a bullet. We didn’t dodge a bullet, but we took a bullet and we’re now assessing how bad the wound is and how much blood we’ve lost.”

Watch video here.

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