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Of Course It’s Getting Worse

Florida Wild Dolphin plate

I have already noted that dead sea turtles were washing ashore. and now dead dolphins wash up in Gulf; oil role unclear.

It could be the natural result of swimming in water polluted with oil and dispersants, or breathing the fumes of oil and dispersants, or eating fish poisoned by oil and dispersants – we just don’t know yet.

And we don’t know because BP holding back, UWF researchers say

Researchers from universities across Florida claim they are being locked out of Gulf oil spill response efforts by BP and state and federal agencies.

Since the April 20 spill, BP and government agencies have hampered their efforts to secure information about the spill and scientific data, such as water oil samples, collected during response efforts, the academics said.

“We’re throwing this open for the scientific discourse, and right now, we’re not getting a heck of a lot of information about what’s going on out there,” said Florida State University Associate Vice President for Research W. Ross Ellington. “If we, the scientists, are not getting much information … we know the public isn’t getting information.”

Florida is a state defined by water on all but our North side. Our universities and colleges specialize in water-related activities like marine biology, oceanography, and underwater archæology. They have manned and unmanned submarines. They have decades of records to establish baselines for “normal”. The only reason to block them is to hide the truth.

6 comments

1 Moi;) { 05.12.10 at 9:09 pm }

I think you have no comments probably because it makes us all too sad to comment….
.-= last blog ..You Can’t Do Ethnic in Arizona =-.

2 Bryan { 05.12.10 at 9:51 pm }

I’m venting Moi. It’s better than blowing things up.

While I was growing up down here my brothers and I spent summers in the bayou, The dolphins were just other kids in the water. If you caught a fish, they would steal it off your hook. If you stood on the end of the diving board, they would jump up and knock you off. It wasn’t a show. They weren’t “trained”. They were just goofing off like we were.

These people are destroying things to make money. They have no souls.

3 cookie jill { 05.13.10 at 12:32 am }

Absolutely heartbreaking. We Barbarians know all too well about offshore oil disasters.
.-= last blog ..criminals =-.

4 hipparchia { 05.13.10 at 1:23 am }

The dolphins were just other kids in the water.

this made me cry just to think about it.

i do like your new header though.

5 Kryten42 { 05.13.10 at 8:41 am }

Sadly, yes. I didn’t think a comment was necessary. I agree with all above.

And it just makes me angry also.

The only reason to block them is to hide the truth.

Agreed.

6 Bryan { 05.13.10 at 12:05 pm }

Thanks, y’all. I guess what bothers me most is that those in power are fixating on the money and not the reality that this is destroying a huge section of the planet. They are murdering my childhood world, and all politicians seem to want to know is what it costs.