Al Jazeera is reporting that the BP oil spill in the gulf is having much harsher effects on the sealife than was expected. They said that this is largely due to the solvents used when drilling for oil. It can have an effect on a unborn fetus as well. So if my wife gets pregnant, we are steering clear of the snapper.
“The fishermen have never seen anything like this,” Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. “And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I’ve never seen anything like this either.”
According to Kuhns, at least 50 per cent of the shrimp caught in that period in Barataria Bay, a popular shrimping area that was heavily impacted by BP’s oil and dispersants, were eyeless. Kuhns added: “Disturbingly, not only do the shrimp lack eyes, they even lack eye sockets.”