Mutant Shrimp Monsters

The Sea

"We've fished here all our lives and have never seen anything like this," a fisherman in Gulf of Mexico told Al-Jazeera on Thursday.

Remember the BP oil spill in April 2010?

Nearly 5 million barrels of oil were released, and at least 1.9 million barrels of toxic chemicals used to "clean up" the waters. Well, the consequences of all that gunk are finally showing up and freaking out the fishing communities of coastal Louisiana.

Fishermen and scientists have recently found: 

- 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";

- "eyeless shrimp, shrimp with abnormal growths, female shrimp with their babies still attached to them, and shrimp with oiled gills";

- "eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye-sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills, and others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills"

and more!

 

 

The full report:

 

Source: Al-Jazeera

Illustration: Giada Fiorindi