How the BP Oil Spill Affected Marine Life

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How the BP Oil Spill Affected Marine Life

Brianna DerrickPerry 3B11/18/13

How the BP Oil Spill affected Marine Life

Top 10 Animals Affected By the Oil Spill:1. Bluefin Tuna2. Sea Turtles3. Sharks4. Whales and Dolphins5. Brown Pelican6. Oysters7. Shrimp and Blue Crab8. Marsh- Dwelling Fish9. Shorebirds10. Migratory Songbirds

In the BP Oil Spill, more than 200 million gallons of crude oil was pumped into the Gulf of Mexico for a total of 87 days, making it the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

Bird's Feathers- coated oil, causing birds to lose their buoyancy and the ability to regulate body temperature.Mammals- ingested oil , which causes ulcers and internal bleeding.Sea turtles- covered in oil

More than 8,000 birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals were found injured or dead in the six months after the spill.


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