The State of the Gulf of Mexico

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GALVESTON, TX – The wildlife in Galveston Bay isn’t too happy living under the sea right now. However, folks are trying to get their water-world oil-free and back to normal.

Executive Director of Harte Research Institute, Larry McKinney says, “The Gulf is resilient as ever and it can really absorb a lot, but as with anything if you stretch that rubber band out eventually it could break and it’s a whole series of these kinds of incidents we have to be concerned with…” but as of right now he says Texas is the best equipped state to deal with this kind of oil spill.

Besides working to cleanup the mess, it’s also important to think about protecting our wildlife, including the marshes and wetlands.

The President of the Galveston Bay Foundation, Bob Stokes, says it’s just as important to put protect our marshes as it is our wildlife.

Taking a look back we should’ve already learned these lessons.

A study looking at the effects of the BP spill in the Gulf back in 2010 has shown that spill is still causing heart problems in commercial fish, like tuna and amber-jack.

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found fish exposed to low concentrations of oil had abnormal heartbeats, but fish with high exposure levels had “severely malformed hearts” that don’t function quite right. Heart Breaking!

Even scarier? Scientists say it could lead to the losses of these popular deep-sea fish. You don’t have to be a scientist to know that in this giant Eco-system we call Earth, the loss of even the smallest species can throw off a very delicate balance.