Grotesque Animal Mutations Blamed on
Gulf Oil Spill
Crabs without claws and eyeless shrimp are
among the deformities.
Summary: Gulf of Mexico fisherman, scientists and seafood processors
are reporting that they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated
animals they believe are deformed as a result of exposure to chemicals
released during the BP 2010 oil spill. "The fishermen have never seen
anything like this," Dr Jim Cowan of Louisiana State U. said. "And in my
20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20
and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either."
The deformities include horribly mutated shrimp, fish with oozing sores,
crabs lacking claws, crabs and shrimp without eyes and crabs with soft
shells instead of hard. Fishermen have reported finding these deformed
creatures along the Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi coasts, and the
situation is seriously affecting their livelihoods. One fisherman reported
her seafood catch last year was “ten per cent what it normally is.”
On April 20, 2010, an oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico operated by BP
(British Petroleum) exploded and released at least 4.9 billion barrels of
oil. In an effort to sink the oil, BP then used around 1.9 million gallons
of toxic Corexit dispersants. Dr Riki Ott, a toxicologist and marine
biologist, said,. "It should be no surprise that solvents are also
notoriously toxic to people, something the medical community has long
The dispersants are known to be mutagenic (capable of causing
mutations). Shrimp, for example, have a short life-cycle so that in the
two or three generations since the BP disaster began, the chemicals
have had time to enter the genome. Humans can be exposed to the
dispersants via inhalation, ingestions, skin and eye contact. Some
possible health impacts include headaches, vomiting, diarrhea,
abdominal pains, chest pains, respiratory system damage,
cardiovascular damage, and dangers for developing embryos and
Cowan believes chemicals called PAHs, when released from the
submerged oil, are likely to blame for the abnormalities. Dr. Wilma Sura,
a chemist says, "Tests have shown significant levels of oil pollution
in oysters and crabs along the Louisiana coastline. We have also found
high levels of hydrocarbons in the soil and vegetation." However,
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal says his state continues to test its
waters for oil, dispersants and PAHs and found the gulf seafood to be
healthier than the safety thresholds established by the federal
BP provided a statement that insisted seafood from the Gulf of Mexico
is among the most tested in the world and, according to U.S. federal
agencies, is as safe now as it was before the accident. Several scientific
studies though disagree and have found many more abnormalities now
than before the oil spill.
(Photo of the fire on the BP oil rig as a result of the explosion, from
Wikipedia, by US Coast Guard.)
To read the entire lengthy article, click on a ALJAZEERA.
Comment: Because this story is from an Arab website, some people
might wonder if international politics have played a roll in its report. But
Discover magazine’s website apparently feels the story is legitimate.
Regardless, it is not my purpose to get involved in any real or imagined
politics but instead to focus on the science.
If there is any truth to this account of what may be happening to marine
life in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP oil spill, we can see the
devastating nature of mutations. There was not a single case of a
reported mutation that seemed to make a fish or crab or shrimp healthier
or to give it some advantage it didn’t have before. When a mutation was
large enough to have had a noticeable effect, it was harmful to the fish
or shrimp or crab.
Mutations are happening all the time, everywhere and to every creature.
They don’t need human-created catastrophes or human errors to occur.
Mutations generally are not noticeable, but when they are, they are
usually harmful. Even the rare so-called “beneficial mutations” seem to
have harmful side effects, such as the mutations that have protected a
small group of Ecuadorean villagers from getting cancer or diabetes but
which have also stunted their growth. The question for the mainstream
scientific community to answer is how can something which can be so
damaging be seriously considered as the engine that drives molecules-
to-man evolution. If Darwinian evolution hasn’t really happened, then
there is no need to explain away harmful mutations.
Biblically speaking, harmful mutations are the result of Adam and Eve’s
original sin. Since that dreadful event, the world has been running
downhill, represented by a law of science known as entropy. There
doesn’t seem to be anything in this world that we can do about it, even
if there were never another manmade catastrophe like the oil spill in the
Gulf. To reverse this trend, we need God to step in. And He has when
He sent down to Earth His own Son to suffer and die for us. Now all
believers in Jesus Christ as our Savior can look forward to a mutation-
free, defect-free, 100% pure life in heaven.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or
mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away”
LSI Blog - Wednesday, April 25, 2012