Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists

This is just all around awful. I came across this article after someone shared it on Facebook and felt I should do the same. An extremely eye opening piece that anyone who cares about anything should read. Here are a few excerpts.

Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP’s 2010 oil disaster.

“Disturbingly, not only do the shrimp lack eyes, they even lack eye sockets.”

“Some shrimpers are catching these out in the open Gulf [of Mexico],” she added, “They are also catching them in Alabama and Mississippi. We are also finding eyeless crabs, crabs with their shells soft instead of hard, full grown crabs that are one-fifth their normal size, clawless crabs, and crabs with shells that don’t have their usual spikes … they look like they’ve been burned off by chemicals.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/04/201241682318260912.html

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  1. Crabs are not fish they are crustaceans. Crustceans have shlles on the outside. Some people like Erin are allergic to crustaceans. They have exoskeletons.We live in Maryland and we have lots of blue crabs that live in Chesapeake Bay.We can estimate how many crabs are in the picture. You can estimate how many crab legs there are.-MatthewYou can also estimate how many eyes there are-RyanBaila wonders if the crab population will increase.The things crabs have in common with fish: They both live underwater, they both swim, they both have gills, they both have babiesThey are different : Fish don’t have an exoskeleton or shell,There is a line of symmetry for a crab and probably a fish if you split right.Crabs are a renewable resource.You can tell the difference between a male and female crab by marking on their underside.

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