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Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico endangers wildlife; jobs are at risk, too

(Gerald Herbert - AP)
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Three weeks ago, an oil rig far off the coast of Louisiana was hit with a sudden, massive explosion and sank in water a mile deep. Since then, no one has been able to stop the flow of oil into the clear waters. Nearly 4 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. If the nonstop efforts to stop it are not successful soon, it could become the nation's worst oil spill. In 1989, a leaking oil tanker spilled 11 million gallons along the coast of Alaska.

Endangered Sea Turtles at Risk from Gulf Oil Spill
GALVESTON, Texas, May 1, 2010 (ENS) - Endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be affected by the oil spilling from the broken Deepwater Horizon wellhead during their peak migration to nesting beaches, warn scientists and conservation workers who have invested decades in the sea turtles' recovery.

The Effects of Oil on Wildlife

We have all seen pictures and videos of wildlife covered in black, sticky oil after an oil spill.  These pictures are usually of oiled birds.  Many people are not aware that it is not just birds that get oiled during a spill.  Other marine life such as marine mammals can also suffer from the effects of an oil spill.  Even small spills can severely affect marine wildlife.

Not all oils are the same.  There are many different types of oil and this means that each oil spill is different depending on the type of oil spilt.  Each oil spill will have a different impact on wildlife and the surrounding environment depending on:

  • the type of oil spilled,
  • the location of the spill,
  • the species of wildlife in the area,
  • the timing of breeding cycles and seasonal migrations,
  • and even the weather at sea during the oil spill.
Oil affects wildlife by coating their bodies with a thick layer.  Many oils also become stickier over time (this is called weathering) and so adheres to wildlife even more.  Since most oil floats o nthe surface of the water it can effect many marine animals and sea birds.  Unfortunately, birds and marine mammals will not necessarily avoid an oil spill.  Some marine mammals, such as seals and dolphins, have been seen swimming and feeding in or near an oil spill.  Some fish are attracted to oil because it looks like floating food.  This endangers sea birds, which are attracted to schools of fish and may dive through oil slicks to get to the fish.

Oil that sticks to fur or feathers, usually crude and bunker fuels, can cause many problems.  Some of these problems are:

BP Oil Spill Feed Update 2010 – Gulf of Mexico Marine Life Endangered For Generations

UK Today News: BP Oil Spill Feed Update 2010 – Gulf of Mexico Marine Life Endangered For Generations

BP Oil Spill Live Feed Updates, BP Oil Spill Update 2010, Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: The damage which was caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, may last for generations until it recovers from the disaster, as stated by the Federal Scientists.