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Fish Without Eyes Found in Gulf of Mexico

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Fish Without Eyes Found in Gulf of Mexico

 

Blue crabs without claws. Shrimp, fish, and crabs without eyes. Fish with lesions. These are just some of the horrifying creatures fishermen and scientists have recently found in the Gulf of Mexico.

Yet, according to BP and Federal Agencies, this doesn’t necessarily have to do with the BP Oil Spill in spring 2010.

In the continental United States, more than 40 percent of seafood is caught in the Gulf, making the levels of mutations in the region’s sea life a major cause for concern. This, despite the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reassured the public just last year that Gulf-caught seafood was completely safe to consume. An Al Jazeera investigation into the matter, however, didn’t find the same results. In fact, reporter Dahr Jamall writes, “every scientist, fisherman, and seafood processor we spoke with about the seafood deformities” had never seen anything like this before.

It’s not just deformities that has researchers worried. It’s also the drastic decline in sea life populations, and that decline’s impact on the food chain.

So does this mean that humans should stop consuming seafood caught in the Gulf? Well, the answer remains unclear. Federal agencies and BP declined to comment for the story, and a Louisiana agency fully backed up the FDA’s previous claim that seafood is safe to eat. Yet, one fisherwoman told Al Jazeera that,

“We’re continuing to pull up oil in our nets… Think about losing everything that makes you happy, because that is exactly what happens when someone spills oil and sprays dispersants on it. People who live here know better than to swim in or eat what comes out of our waters.”

See video of the researchers on the next page.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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11:49AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:31AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Horrible!

10:32AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

I think the government knows exactly how bad things are in the Gulf. They just do not want to admit to the people because they want BP to continue to drill for oil to be able to run the country.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Greed and excessive profits go hand in hand. Certainly little care for the environment shown as the CEO's can jet set to paradise areas and escape the pollution.
True, the conservatives certainly have set up shop in Canada and are changing the laws on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act where less time will be allotted to studying adverse changes to the environment. Only profit and greed in the conservative agenda.
Future generations pay heed as only the now is important and the effects of damaging processes are left to you after we are long gone.

11:13AM PDT on May 12, 2012

Shame on our country!!~! ) :

5:09AM PDT on May 10, 2012

no good

11:54AM PDT on May 7, 2012

yikes

3:52AM PDT on May 6, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

12:56AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Not necessarily due to the BP oil spill?

So how much more pollution are we as people putting there?

I say it's high time to ensure that the pricks who mess up our natural resources get find a hefty one. If anything, it will kill two birds with one stone. More money comes in to help clean everything up, and then in the mean time, create more jobs for even MORE money and a broader tax base to further help pay for clean up.

5:38AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

I guess the government and BP thinks that everything is OK in the gulf, here is my question how many fish, shrimp, and crabs were found with out eyes, and claws before the spill? None? If they think it is safe my question is how much fish have they eaten? I will not swim or eat anything out of the gulf since the spill, I live in GA and will not even go into the water at Tybee Island....it will take years to really know the extent to which BP has ruined our gulf...

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