Check out (above) this photo of a Louisiana waterway that has become overwhelmed with various species of dead sea life, which even allegedly includes a dead whale.
Although 'dead zones' - which are areas of water that don't have enough oxygen to support life - are apparently common during stretches in the summer in this area, it's normally never on this scale nor does it affect more than one species at a time.
Many have speculated that this is an indirect result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf - oil-eating microbes have been present in the waters since the incident, and those allegedly require quite a bit of oxygen when consuming the oil particles.
Billy Nungesser, who took the photos, says:
"We can't continue to see these fish kills. We need some additional tests to find out why these fish are dying in large numbers. If it is low oxygen, we need to identify the cause."
This is horrific news, and we sincerely hope that scientists take the time to figure out just exactly what's going on with these deaths.
Who knows what other unexpected long-term effects this oil spill will have on the ecosystem? Awful.
[Image via Billy Nungesser/WWL.]