Heart defects in Gulf of Mexico tuna seen tied to 2010 BP oil spill

|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By:, SA News Editor

Oil spilled during the BP 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster caused severe defects in the developing hearts of tuna, and could have compromised tuna embryos and larvae, killing off some of the fish and shortening the lives of others, according to a new study that hints at long-term damage from the accident.

BP questions the methodology of the study, saying oil concentrations used in the lab experiments generally exceeded those in the Gulf of Mexico during the spill.