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What about the whales? Research effort looking for oil’s impact

July 7th, 2010

An unprecedented gathering of marine mammal scientists and researchers, armed with the latest high-tech equipment, set to sea late last week to begin the first step in a multi-year study of the BP oil spill’s impact on whales and dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. As a matter of fact, this month-long mission would not have left port were it not for the fact that another research trip had already been planned for the 244-foot Gordon Gunther.

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Helpless gulf birds are the sad symbols of oil spill’s wreckage

June 10th, 2010

Every day, the chart changes. Creatures are divided into categories, separated by states, grouped by status and numbers, all highlighted with bright colors.

As of Wednesday, 442 oiled birds have been collected alive on the Gulf of Mexico coast, and 109 “visibly oiled” birds have been found dead. The total number of dead birds found is 633. The cause of death for most is still being studied. Some biologists contend, though, that the birds killed by this disaster is likely in the thousands already, because sea birds will dive into waters thick with oil, drown and never be counted.

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Gulf shrimp skewered by oil disaster

May 21st, 2010

Shrimp (Photo: Kai Zhang, Dreamstime.com)
It’s hard to get emotional about shrimp. They don’t have sad eyes like a sea turtle. They don’t look like a helpless brown pelican covered in oil. They aren’t photogenic and the only time you see one is probably at dinner. That’s unfortunate, and not just for the tens of thousands of people who make a living off the multi-million dollar shrimp industry in the Gulf of Mexico. As crude oil creeps into Louisiana’s delicate estuaries and marshlands, shrimp – and the micro-organisms they eat – will die.

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Oil spills by the numbers — the devastation of the Exxon Valdez and BP oil spills

April 30th, 2010

By Susan Lyon, Daniel J. Weiss

The BP Gulf Coast rig explosion is a horrible human, economic, and environmental disaster. The death of 11 employees is tragic. The spill could devastate the Gulf Coast commercial and sport fishing industries for years to come. Louisiana’s seafood industry alone is worth $2 billion annually.

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