7.07.2010

Say goodbye to life as we knew it

I know, I know...I'm a Debbie Downer. I saw this video on io9 today. It's a animation of projected oil spread over 360 days. See more details in the video description.



In addition, seafood consumption is over. Crab larvae are already contaminated which means it's already in the food chain. Just wait til the entire eastern coast is soaking in crude oil.

"I think we will see this enter the food chain in a lot of ways — for plankton feeders, like menhaden, they are going to just actively take it in," said Harriet Perry, director of the Center for Fisheries Research and Development at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. "Fish are going to feed on (crab larvae). We have also just started seeing it on the fins of small, larval fish — their fins were encased in oil. That limits their mobility, so that makes them easy prey for other species. The oil's going to get into the food chain in a lot of ways."

Perry said researchers have not yet linked the hydrocarbons found in the crab larvae to the BP disaster, but she has little doubt it's the source. She said she has never seen such contamination in her 42 years of studying blue crab.

Hope you all enjoyed having fish as a source of reliable protein. Sure glad BP fixed that.

There was *one* possible bright spot: there could be a way to stem this spread. From the YouTube animation link above:

The animations furthermore suggest that the narrow, deep Straits of Florida force the Florida Current into a narrow channel, creating a tight bottleneck for the spreading of oil into the Atlantic. After one year, about 20% of the particles initially released at the Deepwater Horizon location had been transported through the Straits of Florida into the open Atlantic according to an averaging over the 5 different years of typical ocean surface current data. The animations suggest that a filtering system in the narrowest spot of the Florida Current could mitigate the spreading of the oil film into the North Atlantic.

Good news?

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