*2 Years Later* Professor: Microbes in Gulf attacking things other than oil? Very large increase in crab and lobster with appendages falling off — High incidence of eyeless shrimp… More (VIDEO)

Published: April 23rd, 2012 at 9:33 pm ET


Crustacean biologist Darryl Felder, Department of Biology with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette: “My fear is that these prior incidents of lesions might be traceable to microbes, and my questions are, did we alter microbial populations in the vicinity of the well by introducing this massive amount of petroleum and in so doing cause microbes to attack things other than oil?” –April 19, 2012

Title: Gulf Oil Spill: BP Execs Escape Punishment as Fallout from Disaster Continues to Impact Sea Life
Source: Democracy Now
Date: Apr. 23, 2012
Emphasis Added

AMY GOODMAN: […] The impact of the disaster continues to unfold for the area’s residents and wildlife. Scientists say shrimp, fish and crabs in the Gulf of Mexico have been deformed by chemicals released during the spill. One commercial fisherperson told Al Jazeera that half of shrimp caught during the last white shrimp season were eyeless.

SCOTT EUSTIS: We have some evidence of deformed shrimp, which is another developmental impact, so that shrimp’s grandmother was exposed to oil while the mother was developing, but it’s the grandchild of the shrimp that was exposed grows up with no eyes.


DAHR JAMAIL: We have recently come across very, very disturbing information from Gulf region scientists. You know, the first person I came across was Dr. Jim Cowan with Louisiana State University, and he’s been working on a project, getting his funding from the state of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. And he’s been, actually, for many decades, sampling red snapper, which is a very popular fish in the industry. And he’s been finding that before the BP disaster in April 2010, that of all the red snapper he was sampling, he was finding point-one-tenth [0.1] of 1 percent snapper coming up with lesions and other types of problems. Post-spill, that has gone to between 2 and 5 percent of all samples. That means an increase of between 2,000 and 5,000 percent, and in some areas as much as 20 percent [a 20,000% increase], he said, in other areas who have extreme impact, where the oil and dispersants came in nearby the shore, of as many as 50 percent [a 50,000% increase] of fish sampled. Very, very disturbing information there.

And then, another doctor that I spoke with, Dr. Darryl Felder with University of Louisiana-Lafayette, he also has before-and-after samples. He was working out around the Macondo wellhead area on the sea floor with a grant from the National Science Foundation, that they wanted him to investigate just overall drilling impact on species in the area. And so, he had deep sea crab, deep sea lobster, deep sea shrimp, from before the spill, and then many, many sampling trips after the spill. And what he found was obviously a very, very large increase of finding crab and lobster, etc., that had black gills, that had appendages falling off, again similar stains on their shells, and again similar to findings not too different from Dr. Jim Cowan’s, in that when the oil, that much unnatural oil introduced into the environment, coupled with the dispersants, that it’s causing these lesions that are burrowing into the carapace and the shells and eating into the wax of the shells, causing an increase in the microbes that do eat oil. Not only are they not eating just oil, but eating into the shells, and then parasites and diseases and other illnesses are being formed.

And then, lastly and I think most disturbingly, as you already touched upon, the eyeless shrimp. We’re seeing very, very large incidence of eyeless shrimp now popping up not just in Louisiana, but in Alabama and Mississippi, not just inshore, but further far ashore—offshore. And some of the shrimp that we’re seeing, they came from a shrimper in Louisiana that was caught—caught 400 pounds of white shrimp in one catch in last September, just off the outskirts of Barataria Bay. And that was—of the 400 pounds of shrimp, the shrimpers told us that all of them were eyeless. So, very, very disturbing findings. And unfortunately, we’re expecting more to continue.


[BP claims administrator Ken] Feinberg is on his way out, because so many people across the region are incensed at the way he’s handled most of the claims. […]

I talked to Ryan Lambert, who heads one of the largest charter fishing businesses in the entire Southeast, and he said, “Hey, we’re going to court. They have destroyed my business. It’s not coming back. I haven’t seen one single speckled trout in three months. It’s the first time I’ve ever experienced that in my life. That’s 90 percent of the fish that we catch. So of course I’m going to go to court, because what they offered me, frankly, was insulting.”

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Published: April 23rd, 2012 at 9:33 pm ET


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28 comments to *2 Years Later* Professor: Microbes in Gulf attacking things other than oil? Very large increase in crab and lobster with appendages falling off — High incidence of eyeless shrimp… More (VIDEO)

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    WTH?? Actual Fukushima worker suspects USA is pressuring Japan to restart nuclear plants #Fukushima Diary: http://bit.ly/K413n2

    • CB CB

      I wish it had more meat in the story Whoopie. The link it came from holds some gravity and raises eyebrows.

      • arclight arclight

        the worker is entitled to his opinion though cb
        thats what fd is good at posting.. peoples views.. not always coreect but not always wrong either..
        in fd`s defence …

        i personnaly like a mix of evidence and fd gives me a look in on some of the sociopsychological impacts of this disaster.. in fact it has been an invaluable resource for that.. just my view mind.. and im not meaning to insult your viewpoint.. which i understand..

        the usa has conspired to hide the data and all the nuclear countries are connected by legally binding contracts and have to support one another.. the japanese would be "supporting" the usa if the meltdowns were there..


  • Whoopie Whoopie

    f311wd "East side of 4. That north east corner sure looks worse. Quakes or demo, its gotten worse. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3746596546781&set=o.122648891172674&type=1&theater

  • And it is eating people… blue plague … synthia… very bad juju

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      The link would not load. I tried several times, waiting a minute or two and trying again. Maybe they don't want us to read it?

      "Sorry! Connection problems…."

  • Now can anyone of you tell me a blind shrimp deheaded from a eyed shrimp deheaded ?
    They will sell them !

    Unbelievable horror !
    Deformed Sheephead believed to be caught off Alabama
    To Gulf Oil Spill on Saturday, March 03, 2012

    • Dr.Strangelove

      Yes people will sell this contaminated seafood to anyone. Most people in america are asleep and think everything is safe and always fine to eat. That brings me to the GMO threat we all face, that like this seafood is considered safe. I guess the fda s motto is "as long as the food dosnt kill you instantly its safe dig in!".

  • StillJill StillJill

    Those poor fish! The horror is right!

    What the hell could do that? Oh yeah,…mutated chromosomes due to high radiation,….I forgot! 🙁

    They look pre-chewed, just sayin'

    • markww markww

      This is from chemicals and mutations from the Bp Problems among everything else. The Mutations are from the bacteria and the nastiest and radiation counting all things

  • "ISS threaten [sic] by mutant space microbes"

    "On the predecessor of the ISS, the Russian MIR (Peace), there were 90 different micro-organisms in 1990, four years after its launch. By the time it was decommissioned in 2001, the number had risen to 140. In the relatively sterile and temperature-controlled environs of the station, bacteria were allowed to spread easily. Micro-organisms also evolved and became highly aggressive. Cosmonauts reported corroded illuminator glass, holes in the metallic casing of the control panel, and exposed leads, the insulation of which had been eaten away. The ISS is expected to be in operation at least until 2020."

    […] "Once the bacteria were returned to Earth, researchers measured the bacteria’s gene and protein expression, and calculated their virulence. They found that the space traveling bacteria had changed expression of 167 genes. And they found that the bacteria was 3 times as likely to cause disease in animals as the bacteria grown on the ground."


    *as above, so below…the horror! the space-ones mutated by space-rads…

    • Jebus Jebus

      Maybe they have already arrived….

      Deadly mysterious disease claiming victims in Vietnam

      Vietnam has asked international health experts to help investigate a mystery illness that has killed 19 people and sickened 171 others in an impoverished district in central Vietnam. Most of the patients are from Ba Dien village in Ba To. It is one of the poorest districts in the province and home to many from the Hre ethnic minority.

      The infection has mostly affected children and young people and it begins with a high fever, loss of appetite and a rash that covers the hands and feet. Patients who are not treated early can develop liver problems and eventually face multi-organ failure. Nearly 100 people remain hospitalized, including 10 in critical condition. Patients with milder symptoms are being treated at home. The illness responds well to treatment if detected early, but 29 patients have been reinfected.


      Graphic pic and a Vid….

  • many moons

    This is part of the price we pay, instead of walking, driving. If we all worked hard to cut back on consumption and energy consumption things would be different. People would be healthier and so would the enviroment.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      + a kazillion
      *moons I didn't forget! Just hard fixing a meeting with the MAUS guys! Will post soon!

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    BP covered up blow-out two years prior to Deepwater Horizon spill

    "Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP off-shore rig suffered a nearly identical blow-out, but BP concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators and Congress.
    This week, EcoWatch.org located an eyewitness with devastating new information about the Caspian Sea oil-rig blow-out which BP had concealed from government and the industry.
    The witness, whose story is backed up by rig workers who were evacuated from BP’s Caspian platform, said that had BP revealed the full story as required by industry practice, the eleven Gulf of Mexico workers “could have had a chance” of survival. But BP’s insistence on using methods proven faulty sealed their fate. (…)"

    *with video

  • Stephengn

    I'm from new orleans and I can tell you that the polution on the southern outskirts of this city are insane. The water in that part of the gulf where the river empties into it is smelly, black, thick and devoid of life. It is a dead zone where only bacteria and small creatures live

    Ther is no doubt in my mind that where ever who live there is a similar dead or dying zone nearby.

  • goathead goathead

    Dudes! There's a point when after pissing in the pond for so long there's no pond left!! Only piss!!!!


    • goathead goathead

      That link was for this very entertaining story! BP Bio-terrorism, Fukushima, Stuxnet & Ecoli – Ian Crane on Red Ice radio June 16, 2011

  • Cindy

    Also, They did dump the worlds supply of corexit … who knows what 100,000 gallons of the stuff would do to the ocean, isn't anyone testing for corexit in these marine animals/mammals ?

    • They also used a substance of the name of SeaBratt 4 in the beginning ! They are still using Corexit from all accounts I can gather because of the continuous leaks in the floor around the BP site and that can go out 20 miles from initial reports !

      • many moons

        I still can't understand how gov. agencies allowed BP (Big Polluters) to dump that much stuff in the water and not even have to declare what it is??? what's that????? ****** up!

        That's our food out there they are doing that to…..

        We all need to learn how to build solar panels and put them everywhere…on top of your car, house, kid…and don't listen to "it's too expensive, it won't work, don't think solar it's wrong" That's the oil company whispering in your ear and pissing in your pond.

  • arclight arclight

    great post admin!! ta!
    should be getting an impact in northern europe soon??

    • arclight arclight

      download now while stocks last!!!!

      NIVA has conducted a literterature study on environmental effects of the deepwater horizon accident for the Norwegian oil industry associations…the report also discusses the relevance for Norwegian waters….higher catch rates in 2010……it is not clear whether or not the dispersants were successful in reducing the overall impacts of the oil…corexit generally tends to be less toxic than other dispersants….”


      amie should have come to enenews first for the info!! naughty amie

      inspiring headline admin!!

  • markww markww


    Could this be a splitting and MUTATION of Agent Orange contamination. Where the Chemical is changing into something more deadly. I read a report about the LIES OF Agent Orange. The US GOVT says agent orange looses all its effects after so many days. Well In Thailand At Bo Fai Airport Construction people in 1998 got deadly sick from working on a crack below the runway.


    They dug up Agent Orange buried back in the 60's and was still as deadly and strong as the day it was buried. Thailand and the US Govt sealed this up in a secret system. Since the Vietnam war there was a forestry agent testing the waters fish and and people maybe I don't know about people & animals from Thailand to Vietnam and say the countries are swimming in Agent orange it is everywhere.I submitted the foresters report that was in the news to the DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO HELP OTHER MILITARY VETERANS TO GET DISABILITY. Chemicals did not deteriorate . You can thank Monsanto Dow and maybe others someplace down the line A Vietnam veteran suffering the effects of Agent Orange related diseases. Mark in the USA.
    Pray for the people of the world dying from mans greed.