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Gulf Pelicans Saved by Oil-Eating Microbes (VIDEO)

Gulf Pelicans Saved by Oil-Eating Microbes (VIDEO)

More trouble for animals affected by the Gulf oil spills.

Louisiana marshes, which serve as the breeding ground for pelicans in the area, are beginning to wilt from the oil spill.  To combat the problem, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries in Grand Isle, are cooking up hundreds of gallons of oil-eating microbes, which will be sprayed on the marshes. 

These acclimated microbes have been eating oil for years. When the microbes finish they become food for other microbes and disappear. 

If enough of these can be produced, they may be the solution for polluted beaches and marshes along the Gulf coast.

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Photo credit:  James Seith Photography Flickr/Creative Commons

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3:35PM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

if it works, then thats great.

7:57AM PDT on Jul 12, 2010

Have no idea...I'm a little wary of something that is suppose to disappear...to where? and how?

12:46PM PDT on Jul 11, 2010

if it works and it's safe, let's go! Great idea!

1:41PM PDT on Jul 8, 2010

Bioremediation has been around a solid while, and whilst it is effective, I wonder what the dispersants in the area are doing to the microbes. Also the best way to increase the bacterial populations is through the application of fertilizers. Now what has not been looked into as of yet, is whether these fertilizers will react poorly with the toxic constituents that comprise the COREXIT combination that BP has liberally sprayed over the gulf. Also this new censorship ruling is going to make it harder for people to access real time data. This is a total nightmare, but guess it is always darkest before dawn.

1:05PM PDT on Jul 8, 2010

sounds good on paper but are they sure they are fully safe to use?

9:24AM PDT on Jul 8, 2010

the video was removed so i could not view it. but if these microbes can help,then by all means,cook up a big batch. every little bit of help,either from man or mother nature is of the utmost importance right now. peace to all:)

11:29PM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

The video stops halfway through and I can't get it to play. I've heard of the oil-eating bacteria, though, and it sounds like a good idea. I don't think it will completely stop the spread of oil, but it might slow it down. Every little bit helps.

11:27PM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

I couldn't watch all of the video either. It froze a 1 minute 17 seconds.

4:31PM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

Get it done!

3:30PM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

This sounds very good indeed. To spread the toxic Corexit 9500 into the Gulf by BP was even more of a lethal death starting with the plankton. Combined with the oil, it looks like a tasty snack for
the herring which becomes the meal for the dolphins and bluefin tuna.
I hope this is very successful. The Gulf needs all the help it can get right now.

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