Almost 10 years have passed since the accident at the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Expeditions are periodically equipped to that area to check the condition of the water area and marine life. One of the latest brought disastrous news - the oil spill has created catastrophic mutations among the local population of crabs.
"Nothing could prepare us for what we saw, " said Clifton Nunally of the University of Louisiana Maritime Consortium, one of the expedition members. At a depth of 1.5 km, the seabed looks like a swamp overflowing with oil waste, a thick disgusting slime in which life cannot exist. However, it is there, albeit in a strange, ugly form - scientists have found many mutated crabs in the area.
All the individuals found are deeply sick, they have many defects, tumors, disproportionate parts of the body, the shells are eaten by scabs, and parasites swarm on top of all this. Scientists suggest that hydrocarbons dissolved in seawater are similar to natural fluids in the body of a crab, which lures them here. Crabs are no longer able to get out of the oil swamp, their bodies absorb an incredible amount of toxins, mutate and the creature dies. Other scavenger crabs crawl onto the corpses and the process continues.