BP Oil Spill Victim
According to a report out of Alabama, the rotting carcasses are being used in a government study to collect data about on how many birds might have died during the BP oil disaster in the spring of 2010.
The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting the one million dollar study, appropriately named, the Carcass Drift Study. They have already released 248 dead birds into the Gulf, each equipped with a radio-transmitting buoy used to collect data on birds who might have come in contact with leaked oil and what the statistical chances are of them drifting ashore. Scientists feel most of these injured or sickened birds would be eaten by predators like sharks, or sink to the bottom of the ocean. Also released during the study were 66 dummy carcasses, also equipped with the buoys, which must have been confusing to sharks and other birds.
A similar study was conducted after the Alaskan Valdez environmental disaster in 1989.
Alabama resident R.L. Constantine, who lives near Mullet Point, discovered one of the carcasses on the beach in front of his home and the results were pretty unappetizing.
R.L. Constantine holding retrieved and pricey buoy. Photo credit/Ben Raines/Press-Register
“The bird just fell apart when I picked up the buoy. There was a steel wire connected to its leg, and the bird just fell off. It was in pretty bad shape,” Constantine said. “I called the number on the buoy to report it but I never heard back from anyone.”
And there's your government dollars hard at work. Who needs a S&P AAA rating when we can all dine on the rotting carcass of overpaid, brain-dead, government employees?
Final cost analysis:
U.S. government study to find out how many birds BP killed = $1 Million
Being totally grossed out and disgusted = priceless!