Gulf seafood "horribly deformed"


57 Responses to “Gulf seafood "horribly deformed"”

  1. suburbanhick says:

    “Nothing to see here… Move along….”

    • PhosPhorious says:

      Nothing to see. . .  especially if you’re a shrimp with no eyes!

    • Cowicide says:

      I wonder how conservatives are going to try and spin this one?  We’ve already been told by right wingers that the spill was no big deal and all us whiney progressives were simply uneducated on the issue.

      • EH says:

        Seafood is for liberals. Have a nice clean steak.

        • Cowicide says:

          I forgot, eating seafood is one step away from being a dreaded vegetarian… and that’s a gateway to worse things like being a vegan… and next thing you know you’re a homosexual drug addict who hates Reagan and rapes children… and then (dare I say the word) you might become a (gasp) atheist or agnostic or something else evil and non-Christian.

          It all starts with the shrimp.

        • john says:

          I like those core right wingers. Eating red meat increases the chances of having cancer. I try to stay away from the seafood from the Gulf coast. 

      • Liam Kimbell says:

        This won’t become part of the news cycle. The conservatives won’t say anything.

        • Cowicide says:

          Yeah, if they can sweep it under the toxic rug, they’ll certainly try. I guess it’s up to the rest of us (who aren’t far right wing) to spread the facts (like usual).

      • Easy.  

        Show me a shrimp from anywhere that doesn’t already look “horribly deformed”, you can’t cause it’s a weird looking creature.  A weird looking tasty creature, just the way god made ‘em.  It’s the ugly that makes them so scrumptious.  Have you tasted one of the new shrimp, one of the modern shrimp, one of the uglier and therefore tastier shrimp?   No, of course not cause the liberals won’t let you try one, worried about animal rights and toxins and so on.    If the nanny state would just let the American People take responsibility for themselves and their own risk taking, then the free market could start selling 21st century shrimp and the gulf seafood industry would not only be back on its feet, but also adding jobs at a critical time.  “Critical time” being anytime during the job-hating presidency of Obama.

        oh, I’m a little disturbed at how easy that was.

        • rtb61 says:

           That’s right, let’s turn everything into an experiment. Who needs those food regulations, if you don’t die from botulism than it’s safe to eat if you do die then you stop buying and the company goes bankrupt, hyuck, hyuck.
          Who needs surgeons licences, if the surgeon kills all their patients, then he has none and goes bankrupt, hyuck, hycuk.
          Pilots licence, don’t need that regulation, taking off is easy landing, well if they crash, problem solved no more pilot, hyuck, hyuck.
          Let the free market sort itself out, there are plenty of men, women and children to try and die, why bother with regulations they just suck up God ordained profits.
          If the moron state would only just eat shit and die, oh wait, they are doing that as we speak.

  2. MarcVader says:

    “The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared”


    • Cowicide says:

      If ya won’t spend the money to clean it and/or properly regulate it, simply downplay it.  Seems to do the trick on people without proper critical thinking skills (a.k.a. many Americans).

      • MarcVader says:

        We live in a system that rewards non-critical thinking. So it’s not a big surprise that a journalist looking for ‘experts’ will end up interviewing so-called scientists (I’d prefer to call them scientific workers) whose grasp of the complexity of the marine ecosystem is well, shallow. The birds, turtles and so on that were washed ashore dead during this spill were comparably few and comparably little oil reached the beaches and marshes. So the ‘experts’ working in their niche say: “Hey it wasn’t as bad as we feared”…

        Meanwhile the biggest, deepest oil spill in US history though plugged probably continues to poison the very base of the complex marine food chain with that really diverse cocktail of toxic hydrocarbons. Hey and let’s not forget the tons and tons of dispersing agents. All these chemicals continue to react in unforeseen ways inside and outside organisms.

        And after all we know more about the moon than we know about the deep ocean. Now, oopsie, we’re seeing these deformed creatures, so now the contamination has arrived in the middle of the food chain… Clearly the picture painted by many of the so-called experts is very incomplete. The harm done by this spill could be unprecedented and we wouldn’t know about it.

        That’s why it’s so irresponsible to go drilling in the deep ocean in the first place. The big corporations like BP don’t give a shit about the ecology and their world view is not informed by science but the only thing that matters to them – the bottom line. And that’s true for almost every other aspect of our economy. Ecological disaster looms while we have hardly begun to understand life, the oceans and the climate of this planet.

        If we can’t correct that we humans truly are the cancer of this planet.

  3. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    “Bunch of hippie tree huggers.  What?  My shrimp supply!  Down with BP!”

  4. Damien says:

    It’s perfectly natural — they’re simply adapting to their local environment.

    • Cowicide says:

      That’ll probably be a right wing radio talking point soon enough.

      • M Carlson says:

         No, that’d be too much like evolution, which the Right doesn’t believe in.

        • Cowicide says:

          Agreed, and protecting the environment is certainly similar to contraception in a way as well. Can’t have that, either.

          My God, we’re surrounded by baboons!

        • MarcVader says:

           Those deformed critters — another sign that the end is near! So no sense in protecting the environment anyway.

          • Cowicide says:

            Between hating on evolution, the environment, science in general and Gawd’s planned apocalypse making everything but Bible study useless… we just can’t win with these people, I guess..

  5. Guido says:

    “giving the chemicals time to enter the genome.”

    Oddly worded. 

  6. RaidenDaigo says:

    And this time it wasn’t the Shredder or Krang’s fault!

  7. GawainLavers says:

    Those dispersants must be pretty nasty if they can detect their effect apart from the rest of the toxic sludge stream, I mean Mississippi River, that we pump in there.

    • MarcVader says:

      Industrial solvents, drilling fluids, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – the works! In never before seen amounts! I wouldn’t be surprised if this stuff could turn Bambi’s offspring into Alien.

  8. Ladyfingers says:

    You say without a hard shell, I say pre-shelled.

  9. Guest says:

    Yeah, these are the non-fatal mutations we’re seeing. The tip of the iceberg.

    • Cowicide says:

      Right, and what about things going on internally we can’t see?  I wonder how healthy it’s been eating this seafood that doesn’t show outward deformities but are affected internally?

  10. Paul says:

    Al Jazeera?  Really?

  11. MichaelDalin says:

    I ate some gulf prawns the other day, and they were delicious.  No deformities that I could find. I wonder what’s growing inside me.

  12. And soon the birth defect rates of Gulf seafood will become a point of partisan contention in the US.

  13. Ashen Victor says:

    Cthulhu called, he said “stop adding tentacles, eyes, and unspeakable organs to things that are horrible enough”.

    Later, the elder god added “That´s Shub-niggurath job”.

    The fungi from Yuggoth could not be reached for comments.

  14. Luke says:

    I hate you BP. 

  15. Rickmccl says:

    Boing boing central, please put Godzilla on standby. We may need his help with giant shrimps.

  16. Ultan says:

    Here is the most complete roundup of BP oil spill stories I have found:
    The sources are of varying credibility, be careful.

  17. Susanna King says:

    Time to work up some new bumper stickers for the South Carolina shrimpers: Eat Local South Carolina Shrimp: Guaranteed Non-Mutagenic.

  18. Patrick Kidd says:

    Who said the government should clean it up?  BP should clean it up!

  19. rebootd says:

    Anyone who conspired/agreed to go ahead with the dispersants should be in prison.

  20. MarcVader says:


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