Gulf Oil Spill: Animals at Risk

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Oil Pelican

A month and a half after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the oil slick it gushed into the Gulf of Mexico is lapping at shorelines…Read More »

in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and could threaten the beaches of Pensacola, Florida within days. Offshore, oil plumes of unknown size hover under the ocean surface.

It's all bad news for wildlife in the Gulf and along its shores. Everything from miniscule plankton to enormous sperm whales is at risk, including animals on both land and sea.   Less «
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