Lots of the Lies that were told when the Gulf of Mexico was the scene of this century’s worst oil spill are coming to the light. Did you realize that the seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is mostly effected by the dispersents used to help dissipate the spill. It’s giving us Black Lung Lobsters and Eyeless Shrimp. Ahhhhh yes, Cajun delicacies. No Such Thing, but those species are now common in the gulf. check this out and see what’s on your seafood buffet – fresh from the Gulf of Mexico.
We must confess that this bothers us in ways that it didn’t when it first happened. Our family had grown to include some folks who are directly impacted by the BP activity in the gulf. Because of this we have decided to post this piece without our opinion added to enable you to get the full grasp sans salt.
This list is from Gizmodo – about the BP Oil Spill Aftermath
How bad is it?
The effect that the oil spill and its reckless cleanup has on sea life is frightening, damning and sad. Here’s a list of deformities that Al Jazeera found in its report:
- Shrimp with tumors on their heads
- Shrimp with defects on their gills and “shells missing around their gills and head”
- Shrimp without eyes
- Shrimp with babies still attached to them
- Eyeless fish
- Fish without eye-sockets
- Fish without covers on their gills
- Fish with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills
- Crates of blue crabs, all of which were lacking at least one claw
- Crabs with holes in their shells
- Crabs with shells that have no spikes or claws or misshapen claws
- Crabs that are dying from within
The fishermen, scientists, and seafood processors who talked to Al Jazeera are all in unison: They’ve never seen this before. Some have worked in and around the Gulf for over 20 years, and most have seen thousands and thousands of fish. This is the first time they’re seeing the mass mutation and destruction of seafood.
And it’s not just the obvious deformities. Tests of the oysters that wind up on our plates have shown elevated levels of nickel and vanadium according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. And the jury’s still out on arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury levels.
The government has lost control
The FDA, EPA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) all refused to comment on the awfulness that’s happening in the Gulf. BP, the company who created this mess in the first place, refuse to take the blame, saying the seafood in the Gulf is “as safe now as it was before the accident.” The evidence, of course, indicates otherwise.
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To us anytime you have a catastrophe the size of the gulf of mexico disaster of 2010; you cannot ignore the after effects. So far they are unbelievable. Crustaceans without Eyes and Limbs. That in itself leads one to acknowledge that the effects on humans can’t be far behind. Really scary stuff, to a gulf of mexico lover / family like mine.
This is from Our Tumblr Mohandas Gandhi and we must admit it’s right on track. Please repost and share this link so that anyone who is eating gulf coast seafood knows exactly what they’re eating. Pure Poison.
After the spill, BP secured about a third of the world’s supply of dispersants, namely Corexit 9500 and 9527, according to The New York Times. Of the two, 9527 is more toxic. Corexit dispersants emulsify oil into tiny beads, causing them to sink toward the bottom. Wave action and wind turbulence degrade the oil further, and evaporation concentrates the toxins in the oil-Corexit mixture, including dangerous compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), known to cause cancer and developmental disorders.
BP says that Corexit is harmless to marine life, while the Environmental Protection Agency has waffled, saying both that “long term effects [of dispersants] on aquatic life are unknown” and that data “do not indicate any significant effects on aquatic life. Moreover, decreased size of the oil droplets is a good indication that, so far, the dispersant is effective.”
But many scientists, such as Dr. William Sawyer, a Louisiana toxicologist, argue that Corexit can be deadly to people and sea creatures alike. “Corexit components are also known as deodorized kerosene,” Sawyer said in a written statement for the Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery Group, a legal consortium representing environmental groups and individuals affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill. “With respect to marine toxicity and potential human health risks,studies of kerosene exposures strongly indicate potential health risks to volunteers, workers, sea turtles, dolphins, breathing reptiles and all species which need to surface for air exchanges, as well as birds and all other mammals.” When Corexit mixes with and breaks down crude, it makes the oil far more “bioavailable” to plants and animals, critics allege, because it is more easily absorbed in its emulsified state.
Sawyer tested edible fish and shellfish from the Gulf for absorption of petroleum hydrocarbon (PHC), believed to have been facilitated by Corexit. Tissue samples taken prior to the accident had no measurable PHC. But after the oil spill, Sawyer found tissue concentrations up to 10,000 parts per million, or 1 percent of the total. The study, he said, “shows that the absorption [of the oil] was enhanced by the Corexit.”
In April 2012, Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences was finding lesions and grotesque deformities in sea life—including millions of shrimp with no eyes and crabs without eyes or claws—possibly linked to oil and dispersants.
The shocking story was ignored by major U.S. media, but covered in depth by Al Jazeera. BP said such deformities were “common” in aquatic life in the Gulf and caused by bacteria or parasites.But further studies point back to the spill.
A just-released study from the University of South Florida found that underwater plumes of BP oil, dispersed by Corexit, had produced a “massive die-off” of foraminifera, microscopic organisms at the base of the food chain. Other studies show that, as a result of oil and dispersants, plankton have either been killed or have absorbed PAHs before being consumed by other sea creatures.
EcoRigs divers took water and marine life samples at several locations in the months following the blowout. Now, they and countless other Gulf residents are sick, with symptoms resembling something from a sci-fi horror film, including bleeding from the nose, ears, breasts, and even anus. Others complain of cognitive damage, including what one man calls getting “stuck stupid,” when he temporarily cannot move or speak, but can still hear.
“If we are getting sick, then you know the marine life out in the Gulf is too,”Kolian said. The diver and researcher completed an affidavit on human and marine health used in GAP’s report.
Kolian’s team has done studies of their own to alarming results. “We recently submitted a paper showing levels of hydrocarbons in seafood were up to 3,000 times higher than safety thresholds for human consumption,” he said. “Concentrations in biota [i.e. all marine life] samples were even greater.”
Recall the horrid symptoms other Gulf residents are experiencing and how BP has tried to downplay the toxicity of the dispersant used, Corexit, which is over 50 times more toxic than the oil itself when the two mix.
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No Doubt you’ll start asking more about that Seafood you’re eating now. Our advice is to think long and hard because most of it is stewed slowly in a pot of poison. The oceans are filled with oil, chemicals, plastic, pcb’s, and all matter of toxic trash.
If you are a part of the food chain, then you are also a part of the poison chain. The time it takes to ask where your seafood comes from, could be all the time you need to know just how poorly managed seafood inspection is, in America.
Unfortunately even when you fish in the gulf, you are fishing out of the same poisonous water that this seafood comes from. We have more fish in our fridge than we can sometimes cook, when the season is good. lately it’s been mostly Grunts.
That’s because of the climate issues effecting the planets’ waters. We all need to think more about what we’re putting into our bodies. Knowing Where it comes from could make all the difference to your health. Remember That the next time you sit down to that Seafood feast.
Here’s a little graphic incentive to help you leave those shellfish alone -
Did You Know that Shrimp and Roaches are First Cousins – They Only Eat and Shit.
Now Run Tell Somebody Else, Cause Shit Still Ain’t Good in The Gulf Baby