Friday, June 25, 2010
Sea life flee from oil spill
by Larry Geller
Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.
The animals' presence close to shore means their usual habitat is badly polluted, and the crowding could result in mass die-offs as fish run out of oxygen. Also, the animals could easily get devoured by predators.
"A parallel would be: Why are the wildlife running to the edge of a forest on fire? There will be a lot of fish, sharks, turtles trying to get out of this water they detect is not suitable," said Larry Crowder, a Duke University marine biologist. [MSNBC (AP), Sea creatures flee spill, gather near shore, 6/16/2010 ]
Oh, BP denied there were oil plumes, remember? Oil plumes have since been confirmed as originating from their well. That means there is likely a huge flight from the area underwater where we can’t see it.
So when does the prosecution begin??