Senior scientist says “catfish, shrimp, crab and flounder piled up along an offshore sandbar” while swarming to escape “low oxygen” due to BP’s oil and methane


Bloomberg news reports that Scientists are witnessing the first ever occurrence of massive hypoxia in open waters due to low oxygen levels from methane and oil from the BP Gulf Oil Spill

Bloomberg reported early this morning that the faculty at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of South Alabama have come to a “consensus” that “oil played a part” in “fish, crabs, eels and shrimp” swarming the shoreline to “escape oxygen-depleted sea waters.”

Though low oxygen ‘dead zones’ have been a common occurrence in the Gulf of Mexico for years, “Scientists say [the dead zones] have occurred in open water for the first time,” according to the article, and are “quite different’ from the naturally occurring.

Senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island lab Monty Graham told Bloomberg that in late June, “Low oxygen in the water because of oil and methane from the BP spill contributed to… [c]atfish, shrimp, crab and flounder piled up along an offshore sandbar, until the sharks moved in.”


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