Where did the oil & Corexit go? Into fish, shrimp and crab larvae!

With the lamestream media wondering “Where did the oil go?” — as if only the great Hercules Poirot could discover Corexit’s breaking up of the oil into tiny droplets and its subsequent ingestion by sea animals who will die unnaturally premature deaths en masse — comes sad but totally anticipated news from marine biologists in the Gulf that you won’t likely watch on corporate news:

Marine biologists started finding orange blobs under the translucent shells of crab larvae in May, and have continued to find them “in almost all” of the larvae they collect, all the way from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to Pensacola, Fla. — more than 300 miles of coastline — said Harriet Perry, a biologist with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

And now, a team of researchers from Tulane University using infrared spectrometry to determine the chemical makeup of the blobs has detected the signature for Corexit, the dispersant BP used so widely in the Deepwater Horizon

“It does appear that there is a Corexit sort of fingerprint in the blob samples that we ran,” Erin Gray, a Tulane biologist, told the Huffington Post Thursday.

The entire ecosystem is at risk because oil+Corexit threatens to wipe out entire generations of some species and then accumulate in the bodies of larger sea animals (that humans may later consume):

Fish, shrimp and crab larvae, which float around in the open seas, are considered the most likely to die on account of exposure to the subsea oil plumes. There are fears, for instance, that an entire year’s worth of bluefin tuna larvae may have perished.

…[And] “There are so many animals that eat those little larvae,” said Robert J. Diaz, a marine scientist at the College of William and Mary.

Oil itself is of course toxic, especially over long exposure. But some scientists worry that the mixture of oil with dispersants will actually prove more toxic, in part because of the still not entirely understood ingredients of Corexit, and in part because of the reduction in droplet size.

“Corexit is in the water column, just as we thought, and it is entering the bodies of animals. And it’s probably having a lethal impact there,” said Susan Shaw, director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute. The dispersant, she said, is like “a delivery system” for the oil.

Posted by James on Thursday, August 05, 2010