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Plum Island, West Nile Virus, and Diseased Lobsters

“A debilitating shell disease affecting lobsters from Long Island Sound to Maine may be caused by environmental alkyphenols, formed primarily by the breakdown of hard transparent plastics,” according to scientist Hands Laufer. With this weakening of the shell, lobsters become more prone to “microbial invasions.” This isn’t the first time Laufer has witnessed the lobsters in peril. Back in 1999, he was studying the crustaceans that were dying off in record numbers. From the mid-1990s on, there was a marked increase. This was around the same time that the ominous Plum Island infectious disease lab was dumping all sorts of shit into the Long Island Sound and subsequently fined as reported by the New York Times:

“According to the Environmental Protection Agency, from the mid-1990’s to 2002 there were violations of state and federal environmental laws, including illegal animal sewage discharges into local waters under the Clean Water Act. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation described the environmental pollution as troubling, and in December 2002, the island made the National Resources Defense Council’s ”Dirty Dozen” list of the 12 worst polluters in New York and New Jersey.”

While some maintain this as a possible cause to the dying seafood favorite, Laufer determined that toxins sprayed to combat West Nile Virus contributed to reducing the lobster’s natural immune system. Oddly, this is the same virus that many conspiracy theorists and PHDs alike have linked to Plum Island experimentation. Is it possible that the animal research lab double fucked the crustaceans? (Photo: Joseph Caputo/MBL)