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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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