Oil spill altering food web in the Gulf

Gulf Oil Spill Altering Food Web Scientists Say, Long-Term Impact Unknown

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are reporting early signs that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is altering the marine food web by killing or tainting some creatures and spurring the growth of others more suited to a
fouled environment.

Near the spill site, researchers have documented a massive die-off of pyrosomes – cucumber-shaped, gelatinous organisms fed on by endangered sea turtles.

Along the coast, droplets of oil are being found inside the shells of young crabs that are a mainstay in the
diet of fish, turtles and shorebirds.

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