The ocean of death starts claiming victims - Sperm whale dead near the new oil sea

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The ocean of death starts claiming victims - Sperm whale dead near the new oil sea

Get use to the death toll in the Gulf Of Mexico, all beings reliant on the ocean in that region will eventually die. The birds, the fish, the plankton, and all that survives on them. This is only the beginning

GULF OF MEXICO - Scientists have spotted a dead sperm whale in the Gulf of Mexico, and are doing tests to see if the oil spill had anything to do with its death.

The whale was found floating 77 miles due south of the Deepwater Horizon spill site.

It is the first dead whale spotted since BP's rig exploded on April 20.

The whale was not found in oiled waters, but scientists can't yet say where or how it died.

They say its condition suggests it has been dead for several days to more than a week, and they are taking samples from it to glean information on how and where it died.

It's estimated that between 1,400 and 1,660 sperm whales live year-round in the Gulf of Mexico. According to NOAA, they spend most of their time in the upper Gulf offshore area.

They live at depth in areas where subsurface dispersants and oil are present, and feed on deepwater squid, which may also be impacted by the oil and dispersants.

The sperm whales are an endangered species, and some scientists say that just a few sperm whale deaths could endanger the long-term survival of the Gulf's entire native sperm whale population.

The NOAA ship that spotted the whale is due back in port July 2. After that, they say full analysis of the samples will take several weeks.

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By netchicken: posted on 17-6-2010

Is this what killed the whale? Colorless, odorless Methane .....

The crude gushing from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the ecosystem.

Texas A&M University oceanographer, John Kessler says the oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40% methane compared with about 5% found in typical oil deposits.

Scientists say that means huge quantities of the methane have entered the Gulf, potentially suffocating marine life.

Methane is a colorless, odorless and flammable substance that is a major component in the natural gas used to heat people's homes.

A BP spokesman says about 30 million cubic feet of natural gas is burned daily from the leak. But that doesn't account for gas that eludes containment efforts.

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By netchicken: posted on 19-6-2010








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