Are you like me? Do you not think much about seaweed unless it gets caught in your bathing suit?
My trip with a National Wildlife Federation team to the BP oil spill changed that. I hitched a ride with a Louisiana fishing boat captain on a 10-hour trip across spill-impacted areas.
Here’s how our captain showed me what a critical role sargassum, a surface seaweed, plays in the food chain:
We repeated the process several times, pulling up & releasing crabs, shrimp, fish, even a baby octopus no bigger than a walnut.
So what does seaweed have to do with the BP oil spill? The creatures under the surface — from shrimp to tiny “bait” fish to mahi mahi — appear to be mistaking rafts of “dispersed” oil for their natural上海419爱上海同城