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Animal deaths in BP spill possibly greatly underestimated: study

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posted on Mar, 30 2011 @ 10:12 AM
World Science

Writ­ing in the re­search jour­nal Con­serva­t­ion Let­ters, sci­en­tists ar­gue that fa­tal­ity fig­ures are mis­lead­ingly based on the num­ber of re­cov­ered an­i­mal car­casses, and that the true toll may be 50 times high­er than be­lieved.
Cal­cula­t­ions by the team sug­gest that only two per­cent of ce­ta­cean car­casses were ev­er his­tor­ic­ally re­cov­ered af­ter their deaths in this re­gion, so the death toll from the spill could have been un­der­es­ti­mated by 50 times. “Car­cass counts are hugely mis­lead­ing, if used to meas­ure the dis­as­ter’s death tol­l,” said co-au­thor Scott Kraus of the New Eng­land Aquar­i­um in Bos­ton.

I don't think we will ever get a proper account of the total destruction caused from this oil spill.The affects are going to be going for years.

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edit on 30-3-2011 by mugger because: add


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