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Oil Spill Aftermath

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There has been a recent estimation concerning the animal deaths from the BP oil spill.

According to Restore the Gulf, the official federal government's website dealing with this situation there have been 6,104 dead birds, 609 dead sea turtles and 100 dead mammals, including dolphins.

These numbers include the 5 states: Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

These numbers do come from only an initial field-level evaluation and all of these deaths may not have been due to the oil.

After the animals are found, Amore thorough examinations are done, such as a search for oil in the throat, mouth and eyes to rule if the spill was to blame.

Experts collected 535 living sea turtles, 456 of which were visibly oiled. Only two out of nine live mammals collected were visibly oiled. The birds did not do so good, 2,079 have been collected alive, every single one of them visibly oiled.

[Image via AP Images.]

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Oil Spill Leaves Mark On Indigenous Crabs

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Every day, we learn more and more about how the oil spill has left the ecosystem of the Gulf Coast a mess.

Today, we found this report from National Geographic, explaining how scientists have been found oil droplets inside the shells of Blue crab larvae!

So sad!

Scientists are hopeful that the oil will escape as the crabs grow and molt, but for now, the poor lil baby crabs are stuck with it.

Check out the video above to learn more.

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Massive Amounts Of Sea Life Left Dead In Gulf Waterways

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Absolutely devastating.

Check out (above) this photo of a Louisiana waterway that has become overwhelmed with various species of dead sea life, which even allegedly includes a dead whale.

Although 'dead zones' - which are areas of water that don't have enough oxygen to support life - are apparently common during stretches in the summer in this area, it's normally never on this scale nor does it affect more than one species at a time.

Many have speculated that this is an indirect result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf - oil-eating microbes have been present in the waters since the incident, and those allegedly require quite a bit of oxygen when consuming the oil particles.

Billy Nungesser, who took the photos, says:

"We can't continue to see these fish kills. We need some additional tests to find out why these fish are dying in large numbers. If it is low oxygen, we need to identify the cause."

Agreed completley.

This is horrific news, and we sincerely hope that scientists take the time to figure out just exactly what's going on with these deaths.

Who knows what other unexpected long-term effects this oil spill will have on the ecosystem? Awful.

[Image via Billy Nungesser/WWL.]

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