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“All those symptoms have been seen naturally before, but it’s a matter of them all coming at once that we’re concerned about.”
And he sees troubling signs consistent with oil exposure: fish with lesions, external parasites, odd pigmentation patterns, and diseased livers and ovaries. These may be signs of compromised immune systems in fish that are expending their energy dealing with toxins, Patterson said.
Pensacola marine biologist Heather Reed is studying red snapper for a private client using broader testing methods than mandated by the federal government, which she says are not adequate.
“I’ve been testing different organs in game fish that have been brought to me, and I’m seeing petroleum hydrocarbons in the organs,” said Reed, the environmental adviser for the City of Gulf Breeze. “I was shocked when I saw it.”
“Cause and effect is a huge problem for environmental work,” Snyder said. “You see anomalies in fish. Is it oil-related? How do we prove it? We can make the connection with economic stuff. But after the oil is gone, how do you definitely say the fish are sick because of the oil spill?
Originally posted by Tasty Canadian
uhm...How many gallons of oil went into the gulf?
Oh, and how many gallons of Corexit went in after it?
And these are scientisits??
Quite frankly...I'm shocked that they're shocked.edit on 8-5-2011 by Tasty Canadian because: (no reason given)