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Little-known pancake batfish could be one of oil spill's early victims

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posted on Jun, 16 2010 @ 09:26 PM
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This article upsets me so much. I don't know how I can control my anger at BP for this!
www.cnn.com...
When will someone think of the fish?




The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has already claimed many victims -- from pelicans to oyster beds and precious marshland. But there may be one more: a species only just recently discovered. Scientifically known as halieutichthys aculeatus, it is not a thing of beauty. But it lives an anonymous sort of existence on the seabed of the Gulf, some 1,500 feet below the waves and -- like all marine life in the gulf -- plays its role in the food chain.




The Louisiana pancake batfish lives 1,500 feet below the surface and plays an important role in the food chain.




posted on Jun, 16 2010 @ 10:02 PM
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I had not heard of this fish before. I would like to know more about the role it plays in the food chain, although from what I read on the original article, I'm not so sure the scientist even really know. It is apparently a pretty rare fish.



posted on Jun, 16 2010 @ 10:06 PM
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I live in New Orleans. I love to fish and eat fish from the gulf. My favorite is the Gaff or Sail Top Catfish. www.lafishmag.com...

I do not know if this will wipe out all catfish in this area but I think it might. The bottom of this oil well is 4 miles below the surface of the sea floor. No one knows how large it is. This thing could flow for years like the natural gas leaks do in Russia. - some have been leaking over 40 years.

One question no one is asking, is what is BP going to do to restore the gulf to it's former glory if the unlikely event occurs that they are able to stop the oil flow with relief wells?

Clean up of the oil and stopping the leak is just the beginning.



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