Blue crab larvae from Louisiana’s coastal waters are turning up contaminated with oil.
Blue crab larvae from Louisiana’s coastal waters are turning up contaminated with oil. According to an AP story this morning, marine biologists have been collecting blue crab larvae during the duration of the oil spill, and are finding large amounts containing distinctive orange oil droplets.
While crabs are quite prolific and are not likely to be wiped out, even with a die-off of this year’s larvae, scientists are concerned that the larvae will live long enough to be ingested by other marine life, and the oil and possible dispersants they contain will move up the food chain. That could effect the Gulf’s aquatic population for years.
LoyolaUniversity biologist Bob Thomas told the AP, “Something likely will eat those oiled larvae…and then that animal will be eaten by something bigger and so on.” Ultimately, the smaller creatures will be eaten by those at the top of the food chain, such as dolphins and tuna, which could get fatal “megadoses.”
August is high crab season on my culinary calendar. Sigh. Back to the barbecue pit.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.