Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the worst environmental disaster the US has faced. Toxic oil from the Deepwater Horizon well threatens the region’s sensitive shorelines and the nesting birds along the Louisiana coast. But there’s another species at serious risk: the Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus. This disturbing video tells you more about their plight, and how this oil spill could be the last straw that pushes them over the edge …

This special marine podcast takes the form of an urgent warning about the future of the species. The spawning habitat of the bluefin tuna overlaps with the oil-spill zone and the disaster comes right at the peak of spawning season. The larvae might not withstand the toxic effects of the spilled oil.

The bluefin tuna is already living dangerously close to the edge thanks to overfishing and climate change. The Deepwater Horizon catastrophe could wipe out the region’s bluefin populations forever.

You can help save the bluefin tuna by joining the campaign to create more Marine Protected Areas.

HT: Deep Sea News.