One way an oil rig’s blowout preventer can fail

There’s not much more to say other than blue marlin bill fish caught in oil rig blowout preventer.

Several people have asked why we aren’t blogging about the oil spill. The simple answer is that the Deep Sea News crew has done such an awesome job there’s not much more for us to add.

H/T Underwater Thrills

~Southern Fried Scientist

Please note: this is not taken from the well currently destroying the Gulf Coast.


  1. Kevin Z · May 3, 2010

    Holy shit! What a whacked out Marlin! Great find.

    Must have been seriously disoriented or maybe it was trying to sabotage the rig…

  2. Dashark · May 3, 2010

    Great video – but that’s a Swordfish, not a Blue Marlin.

  3. tim · May 8, 2010

    Kudos to the crew for attempting to save the marine life, though one would hope that future designs would address issues such as these. Also, this really highlights the limitation of animals that can’t move backwards (which, if you’re one of the fastest swimming animals in the world, probably might be a decent tradeoff)

  4. Callin McLaughlin · June 4, 2010

    I have just one question!! Why is there no manual shut off rams on these underwater BOPs?? Every land rig, I worked on, in the williston basin, had two manual hand crank valves, for the final backup. Certainly, after watching the videos, a ram, could be designed, and with torque multipliers on the robots, and the bops, that could easily snip the pipe, and seal the well…I am truly mystified at this….anyone have any answers!!??

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