Oil spill impacts the developing hearts of fish

There is increasing concern as to the potential impacts of oil spills on the health of fish.

A little over five years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico released more than 636 million liters of crude oil. The oiled covered spawning areas for many commercially and ecologically important fishes. Accordingly, the impacts of the oil on the development of fishes was a major concern. To investigate this, researchers studied the impacts of field-collected Deepwater Horizon (MC252) oil samples on embryo development of bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and amberjack fishes.

Here is an infographic and short video summary of what the researchers found. This will amaze you.


The infographic and video was created by University of Miami students of the Applied Visual Science Lab: Jiachuan Wu, Jiaxin Liu, Charlotte Cushing, Emily Beltt




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