Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.

Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster are seeing some strange — and troubling — phenomena.

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Meanwhile BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has issued an apology for referring to the human victims of his companies greed and incompetence as “small people.”

Personally, I don’t care that he said:

“And we care about the small people. I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don’t care. But that is not the case in BP. We care about the small people.”

This really is a translation issue. To him, being European and all, “The common peasant” is “the small people” … so he meant well.

We should still throw him on the oil slick, though.