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New Batfish Species Found Under Gulf Oil Spill 226

Posted by timothy
from the had-to-flush-'em-out-somehow dept.
eDarwin writes "Researchers have discovered two previously unknown species of bottom-dwelling fish in the Gulf of Mexico, living right in the area affected by the BP oil spill. Researchers identified new species of pancake batfishes, a flat fish rarely seen because of the dark depths they favor. They are named for the clumsy way they 'walk' along the sea bottom, like a bat crawling."
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New Batfish Species Found Under Gulf Oil Spill

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 08, 2010 @04:42PM (#32844374)

    They kind of glide across the surface now.

  • by girlintraining (1395911) on Thursday July 08, 2010 @04:43PM (#32844396)

    They're ugly, look crippled, and found in only one place in the world -- an oil spill.

    Gentlemen, to your conspiracies!

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by overlordofmu (1422163)
      The aliens caused the oil spill to increase the number of oil covered animals, which while totally inedible to them, are a source of great comfort to them.

      You haven't see cute until you have seen an Alterian cuddling a rotting, oil-covered pelican corpse like a teddy bear.
    • by Itninja (937614)

      They're ugly, look crippled, and found in only one place in the world -- an oil spill.

      It's true. There are a lot of BP Execs involved ~rimshot

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by pookemon (909195)
      Yes - however given the size of the oil spill - everything is now found where an oil spill is.
  • by dkleinsc (563838) on Thursday July 08, 2010 @04:45PM (#32844408) Homepage

    What's the difference between a pancake batfish and Tony Hayward?

    One's a scum-sucking bottom-feeder, and the other's a fish.

  • noscript users... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    wondering where the pictures is...

    http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2010/07/08/13866-batfish.jpg [ibtimes.com]

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by nizo (81281) *

      Wow, they really were cool looking.

      • Fuck these fish. Blue Whales, man. Blue fukin Whales. Maybe there were as many as a hundred left. Ok, sucks we hardly knew these fish, but a billion of them isn't worth the life of one Blue Whale. Maybe Blues were done for anyway, but if they no longer have a spawning ground, it still sucks their extinction was hastened just at the heartbreaking end.
  • by h4rr4r (612664) on Thursday July 08, 2010 @04:54PM (#32844494)

    What are the odds we found out more about them just as they get wipped out?

    How is BP going to fix this?

    • by locallyunscene (1000523) on Thursday July 08, 2010 @04:59PM (#32844550)
      aaaaaand it's gone.
    • Gosh, perhaps the dozens of robots with bright lights and cameras scouring the seabed looking for a broken oil pipe can also spot fish? This is no coincidence. There's hundreds of unique species per square mile of ocean.

      • by h4rr4r (612664)

        So maybe we should be a little more careful?

        If we started demanding relief wells were in place before any production could begin then we could make sure these leaks do not last for months.

    • by moreati (119629)

      Simple, they'll erase any record of them.

    • they live below the threatened areas. Seeing that they are bottom feeders and the oil is not settling, I would say that science scored one in the middle of a disaster.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by hedwards (940851)
        Umm, you do know what it is that bottom feeders feed upon, right?
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by BluBrick (1924)

        Sure, they live on the ocean floor and oil floats, but what do you reckon the chances are that there is a significant amount of water-soluble toxins leaching from that leak? Pretty good chance would be my guess. Oh, and what do these batfish feed on? That's right - the remains of critters poisoned by the oilslick above them.

  • by tekrat (242117) on Thursday July 08, 2010 @04:55PM (#32844498) Homepage Journal

    There, fixed that for you...

  • by Thelasko (1196535)
  • BP might pay handsomely if you could find a highly unethical biologist to identify tarballs as a new sort of petroleum-based jellyfish.
  • FTA: (Score:2, Insightful)

    The well has pumped millions of gallons (liters) of oil into the Gulf

    uh... one of those things is not like the other... I question the validity of any site that thinks gallons and liters are interchangable

    • Re:FTA: (Score:5, Informative)

      by SheeEttin (899897) <sheeettin&gmail,com> on Thursday July 08, 2010 @05:02PM (#32844576) Homepage
      Well, a gallon is ~3.79 liters (according to Google), so if there's "millions of gallons", I'd say it's pretty safe to assume there are "millions of liters" as well...
      • by rossdee (243626)

        I would have thought a British Petroleum gallon was about 4.53 Litres

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I question the validity of any site that thinks gallons and liters are interchangable

      I question the validity of YOUR FACE!

    • Re:FTA: (Score:5, Informative)

      by RobertB-DC (622190) * on Thursday July 08, 2010 @05:08PM (#32844632) Homepage Journal

      "The well has pumped millions of gallons (liters) of oil into the Gulf"

      uh... one of those things is not like the other... I question the validity of any site that thinks gallons and liters are interchangable

      You would prefer, then, that the article said "The well has pumped millions of gallons (3,785,411.78's of liters) of oil into the Gulf"? Perhaps a review of the concept of False Precision [wikipedia.org] is in order. "A guard at a museum says a dinosaur skeleton is 70 million and six years old. He reasons that it was 70 million years old when he started working there six years ago."

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by thegarbz (1787294)
        I think we'd just prefer if stupid journalists didn't think that just because there are people outside America they don't realise that a gallon is a unit of measure for a liquid. I mean Americans make it their life long mission to shout at the top of their voices about how great their imperial system is so why even bother telling people there's such a thing as a litre at all.

        That and if there are more than 2.6million gallons then the correct explaination would have been "The well has pumped millions of
    • . I question the validity of any site that thinks gallons and liters are interchangable

      Well, liters and gallons are interchangable [google.ca]. I think you mean they aren't directly comparable because one is almost 4x the other. But it's not an order of magnitude (x10) difference, so I think they can be partially forgiven.

      For their partial punishment, they will have to pay the $/gallon price for their liters of gasoline. :-)

    • by wowbagger (69688)

      To help clarify some of the issues with that statement others have pointed out:

      You need to keep in mind the idea of digits of precision. Were I to say "My swimming pool contains one thousand gallons of water" I have given you one digit of precision - you can legitimately say my pool contains four thousand liters of water, because you are still in one digit of precision. You CANNOT legitimately say my pool contains 3785 liters - you just pulled 3 more digits of precision out of the air.

      If I say "there are mi

    • by mangu (126918)

      I question the validity of any site that thinks gallons and liters are interchangable

      They are, either for very small gallons or for very large liters.

    • by TrevorB (57780)

      I question the validity of any site that thinks gallons and liters are interchangable

      I'm about to nitpick, but....

      Both of these statements are true: "The well has pumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf". "The well has pumped millions of liters of oil into the Gulf".

      They are comparable if we're talking order of magnitude. I know 3.79 != 1, but when we're talking about "millions of" in a vague sense where nobody really knows what's going on, the real difference is between 10^6, 10^7, or 10^8. M*10^

  • Spokesman for BP assures everyone that the fact that the fish has three heads, 5 legs and squirts a strangely mutagenic substance at it's prey has nothing to do with the oil or the disbursants being injected into the water near the site.
  • Now just watch, on the BP spin, er, news site, there will be an article saying how great this oil spill is because they discovered two new species of fish. Had then not put all those cameras and submersibles there, we'd have missed out on this new species that will likewise also be wiped out...
  • Clean them (Score:5, Funny)

    by gmuslera (3436) on Thursday July 08, 2010 @05:17PM (#32844698) Homepage Journal
    After removing all the oil will be easy to see that are part of the already known brucewaynefish species.
  • If we're talking about batfish and an oil spill, there must be a manbearpig joke coming...
  • The good news: We discovered a new species of fish. The bad news: They are now extinct. [twitter.com]
  • They are distinguished from other species of batfish by their oiliness.

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