And the Gulf wouldn't recover for decades?
Seems the oil feeds the microbes, which feed the plankton, which feeds small aquatic life, which feeds the fish, and so on. There's an explosion of fish population in the Gulf of Mexico. So, does this mean we should do more oil releases on purpose in the future?!
Fish Population Explosion
Dauphin Island researchers are discovering what appears to be an explosion of sea life out in the Gulf...
Another group of researchers from Dauphin Island released a study that tracked oil in the food chain.
Microbes ate it. The carbon then was traced to plankton that ate the microbes.
The plankton are fat, happy and healthy. The microscopic creatures may be detoxifying the oil.
Various health agencies have sampled thousands of shrimp, crabs and fish and have yet to find a contamination problem. Seafood from the Gulf is the safest, most-tested seafood in the world.
He adds that the controversial use of chemical dispersants may have sped up the process by breaking down the oil and making it more readily available to the bacteria.