Layer of oil and dead animals on seafloor is up to 4 inches thick — Will “inevitably” have effects on surface species

Gulf spill’s effects ‘may not be seen for a decade’, BBC, February 20, 2011:

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill “devastated” life on and near the seafloor, a marine scientist has said.

Studies using a submersible found a layer, as much as 10cm thick in places, of dead animals and oil, said Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia. …

Future Outlook:

Professor Joye told the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Washington that it may be a decade before the full effects on the Gulf are apparent. …

Knocking these animals out of the food chain will, in time, affect species relevant to fisheries. …

[This] will inevitably have longer-term effects on species nearer the surface – including the ones we eat.

Read the report here.

1 comment to Layer of oil and dead animals on seafloor is up to 4 inches thick — Will “inevitably” have effects on surface species

  • beachbum

    Let a hurricane or a good earthquake come along and you will see a disturbance of these chemicals and dead animals. Welcome to the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches! Right!

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