Researchers examine crabs to learn about long-term oil spill effects
Aside from the death of 11 individuals, and aside from the more than 130 million gallons of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig additionally caused the deterioration of the Gulf of Mexico seafood industry–especially its crabs, CNN reported on April 21.
Although the industry itself has slowly begun to recover, researchers at the Florida International University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette continue to study the crab population to learn more about how species are reacting to the oil. After the oil spill, researchers started noticing various changes with the crab population living within the gulf. For instance, the crabs look different, even possessing deformities that include lesions so massive, they would sever the creatures’ limbs.
The United States gets roughly 40% of its seafood from the Gulf of Mexico.
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