Legacy Of BP Oil Spill: Eyeless Shrimp And Fish With Lesions

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded nearly two years ago to the day, beginning an oil spill that lasted three months and released some two hundred million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. BP may have declared their mission accomplished, but the results of the spill are still trickling out.

The latest? Shrimp with no eyes, fish with lesions, and clawless crabs.

Scientists believe that shrimp, fish, and crabs in the gulf have been deformed by the chemical released to disperse oil during the spill. Fishers in the area say that they’ve been noticing deformities on their catches since. Al Jazeera reports:

“At the height of the last white shrimp season, in September, one of our friends caught 400 pounds of these,” [Louisiana commercial fisher Tracy] Kuhns told Al Jazeera while showing a sample of the eyeless shrimp.

According to Kuhns, at least 50 per cent of the shrimp caught in that period in Barataria Bay, a popular shrimping area that was heavily impacted by BP’s oil and dispersants, were eyeless. Kuhns added: “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.” […]

The dispersants are known to be mutagenic, a disturbing fact that could be evidenced in the seafood deformities. Shrimp, for example, have a life-cycle short enough that two to three generations have existed since BP’s disaster began, giving the chemicals time to enter the genome.

BP claims to be investigating any toxicity and testing fish in the gulf, but they also claimed these marshes were clean. The company is clearly trying to distance itself from the spill, which was a public relations disaster. Indeed, just today, BP came to a settlement agreement with plaintiffs suing over health and economic issues related to the spill.

Tumors on a shrimp found in the gulf

At the same time, deep water drilling has started again. And though details are still only emerging on the full impact of the spill, some want the U.S. to move back into offshore drilling as aggressively as possible. Today, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) went on the Senate floor to advocate for more drilling permits in the Gulf, arguing that “mother nature has proved amazingly resilient” in the wake of the spill.

Tell that to the fish without livers and the shrimp without eyes.

16 Responses to Legacy Of BP Oil Spill: Eyeless Shrimp And Fish With Lesions

  1. Zimzone says:

    Speaking of shrimps, are any of them but Vitter being caught with diapers on?

    BP, with the GOP’s help, is trying hard to distance itself from this ecocide. Talk about corporate denial, they’re already claiming The Gulf has fully healed itself.

    BP will offset the billions spent on restoration and settlements in ONE YEAR!

  2. Zimzone says:

    It’s interesting that, of all the ‘news’ entities in America, this revealing article comes from Al Jazeera.

  3. John Tucker says:

    This should not be surprise with toxins at those levels. Crude Petroleum contains known carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic compounds.

    With all the continuing fuss made over irrelevant levels of contaminants ( ) at distances from fukushima, here is a huge continuing disaster and real health thereat in our own back yard being nearly completely ignored.

  4. Dave says:

    eyeless shrimp.

    clawless crabs.

    brainless politicians.

  5. Victoria Lamb says:

    Not so surprising. They are a great source of politically unbiased news. I watch them a lot when I get tired of “spin.”

  6. John Tucker says:

    But, but, but a panel of blindfolded taste testers said it was fine.

    I still cant believe how that went down and that the government was involved in it.

    Email sent from EPA staff to FDA staff obtained by the NRDC. (stating PAH exposures could be too high in those that consumed more gulf seafood) – ( )

  7. John Tucker says:

    Seafood Contamination after the BP Gulf Oil Spill and Risks to Vulnerable Populations: A Critique of the FDA Risk Assessment ( )

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Collateral Damage with huge long term progressing impact, with the ability to stunt growth of entire species and ecosystems.

    This is beyond human imagination, because it is out of sight = out of mind (at least from most individuals).

    Deep Sea drilling is the worst of the worst..

  9. Dr. John says:

    This is Evolution in action, not surprising that an outside force would change the dna. It’s happened before. Sometimes it’s good, other times,not so much.

  10. ALFO says:

    Well as you watch all of the PR commercial,know that this is how BP & others control MSM messaging,with ad buys to expose the public to their propaganda,50million in ad buys is propping up the news budgets, PAY TO PLAY

  11. colinc says:

    AJ is a great source of accurate reporting but, let’s face it, even the BBC is “better” than ANY “news” organization in the USA.

    Regardless, for a more complete, contextual perspective, try…

    2 Years After the BP Oil Spill, Is the Gulf Ecosystem Collapsing?

    Darla Rooks, a lifelong fisherperson from Port Sulfur, Louisiana, told Al Jazeera she is finding crabs “with holes in their shells, shells with all the points burned off so all the spikes on their shells and claws are gone, misshapen shells, and crabs that are dying from within … they are still alive, but you open them up and they smell like they’ve been dead for a week”.

    No more GOM seafood for me… EVER!

  12. MarcKyle64 says:

    Drill, Baby, Drill!

  13. MarcKyle64 says:

    And no one associated with the ‘spill’ is in prison and their assets seized to pay for the cleanup, ecological devastation and the losses of the people who no longer have careers associated with the Gulf? Fishing, tourism and the very health of the inhabitants has been devastated by BP’s crap.

  14. Scott Thomas says:

    Turns my stomach. Because I am complicit, and so are all of you. This is the way we are. It may take “an outside force to change the DNA”, to paraphrase Dr. John

  15. james bernard says:

    I’m assuming that the next BP t.v. commercial will tell us that we can just blend up the fish is our blenders and put that in our gas tanks!! Therefore, what we don’t “eat” we can “burn” in our tanks. But, if the fish have all this oil in them, will we need to pay a “gas tax” when buying them??

  16. markS says:

    I watch Aljazeera when I get tired of “spin” and the endless, awful commercials on CNN and MSNBC.