A report today from Fox 8 in New Orleans reveals that the "orange blobs found lodged in the bodies of tiny blue crab larvae collected from marshes that stretch from Texas to Florida" appear to contain Corexit, according to preliminary results from researchers at Tulane University.
The report says BP's dispersant "may do more harm than the oil itself."
University of New Orleans' Martin O'Connell, Ph.D said, "No one really knows" if Corexit will bio-accumulate. "If you're a small fish and you eat 1,000 of these small crab larvae and all of them have oil or Corexit droplets in them they could get into the fish -- that little fish could be eaten and so on and so on."
Pondering the future of the Gulf, O'Connell said, "I think they should be more concerned that we might be losing whole cohorts of these animals when they're very small, and we won't see the impact in the adults but three or four years from now."
Florida toxicologist Dr. William Sawyer, who has been hired on behalf of sickened fishermen and cleanup workers, says "some of these chemicals are in great excess -- of risk-based lethal levels -- that the current hydrocarbon levels are capable of sterilizing our fisheries and estuary production zones."
The Fox 8 report concludes, "Since so many fish and crabs feed on crab larvae, some scientists fear the oil and dispersant droplets threaten to kill critical areas in the Gulf of Mexico food web."
Please read the full report here: http://www.fox8live.com/news/local/story/Blobs-in-crab-larvae-characteristic-of-dispersant/IJoKO4b-W0GsfjK1L_SkAQ.cspx