Senior scientist says “catfish, shrimp, crab and flounder piled up along an offshore sandbar” while swarming to escape “low oxygen” due to BP’s oil and methane


Bloomberg reported early this morning that the faculty at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of South Alabama have come to a "consensus" that "oil played a part" in "fish, crabs, eels and shrimp" swarming the shoreline to "escape oxygen-depleted sea waters."

Though low oxygen 'dead zones' have been a common occurrence in the Gulf of Mexico for years, "Scientists say [the dead zones] have occurred in open water for the first time," according to the article, and are '"quite different' from the naturally occurring."

Senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island lab Monty Graham told Bloomberg that in late June, "Low oxygen in the water because of oil and methane from the BP spill contributed to... [c]atfish, shrimp, crab and flounder piled up along an offshore sandbar, until the sharks moved in."

3 comments to Senior scientist says “catfish, shrimp, crab and flounder piled up along an offshore sandbar” while swarming to escape “low oxygen” due to BP’s oil and methane

  • diana butler

    What if we made Giant aerators to help restore even lure the fish away from oil and dispersant laden waters,, they reported manatees here in Clinton Ct,mid Connecticut coast of Long Island Sound

  • Fight Corporate Corruption

    Document the truth here!

    The OIL SPILL CRISIS MAP is a partnership between Tulane University and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and allows Gulf Coast residents to share personal accounts of oil sightings, health problems, suspicious odors and other relevant information with the public.

    You can clearly see the extent and kinds of the DAMAGE in the Gulf. View the Oil Spill Crisis Map here: http://www.oilspill.labucketbrigade.org/

    Click on “BP Oil Spill” and you can see the locations of: oil in the water, oil on shore, odor, health effects, harmed marine wildlife, other wildlife, property damaged by oil, threatened livelihood, community organizing and meetings, and other topics.

    We need to keep this tragedy in the media and visible every day.

    Website: http://www.oilspill.labucketbrigade.org/

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