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06/04/2010

Gulf Oil spill takes toll on wildlife

Though the leak may be capped this week, the Gulf oil spill will affect wildlife for years to come.

Bird Still alive but practically unrecognizable, a sea gull is paralyzed by oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. Oil continues to pour into the area, which is a breeding area for wildlife. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)


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A brown pelican is seen on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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A brown pelican is seen on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)



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A brown pelican coated in heavy oil wallows in the surf June 4, 2010 on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident is coming ashore in large volumes across southern Louisiana coastal areas.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)


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A laughing gull coated in heavy oil wallows in the surf June 4, 2010 on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident is coming ashore in large volumes across southern Louisiana coastal areas.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)


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A brown pelican coated in heavy oil tries to take flight June 4, 2010 on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident is coming ashore in large volumes across southern Louisiana coastal areas.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)


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A brown pelican coated in heavy oil wallows in the surf June 4, 2010 on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident is coming ashore in large volumes across southern Louisiana coastal areas.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)


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 A brown pelican coated in heavy oil tries to take flight June 4, 2010 on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident is coming ashore in large volumes across southern Louisiana coastal areas.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)


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A dead Northern Gannet covered in oil lies along Grand Isle Beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana May 21, 2010. A month after the well blowout and rig explosion that unleashed the catastrophic spill, sheets of rust-colored heavy oil are starting to clog fragile marshlands on the fringes of the Mississippi Delta, damaging fishing grounds and wildlife. Scientists fear parts of the huge fragmented surface slick will be sucked to the Florida Keys and Cuba by ocean currents.
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Biologist Mandy Tumlin from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recovers a dead dolphin off of Grand Isle, Louisiana, on Saturday, May 29, 2010. The dolphin will be taken for testing to see if its death was due to exposure to toxins from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)


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A dead sea turtle is seen laying on a beach as concern continues that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may harm animals in its path on May 5, 2010 in Waveland, Mississippi. It is unknown if the turtle died due to the oil spill. Oil is still leaking out of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead at a estimated rate of 1,000-5,000 barrels a day.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


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A Plaquemines Parish employee lays oil absorbent boom as pelicans leave their nests on an island in Barataria Bay, just inside the the coast of Louisiana, Saturday, May 22, 2010. The island is home to hundreds of brown pelican nests as well at terns, gulls and roseated spoonbills and is being impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


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A laughing gull flies in the breeze on Raccoon Island, Louisiana May 14, 2010 as an oil structure is seen in the background off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. The tiny island, which is home to nesting gulls and birds, is unprotected by booms and reported to have had oil deposits washed up on its shore earlier this week from the BP oil spill.  REUTERS/Hans Deryk


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A dead turtle lies in the surf as concern continues that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may harm animals in its path on May 3, 2010 in Bay St Louis, Mississippi. It is unknown if the turtle died due to the oil spill. Oil is still leaking out of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead at an estimated rate of 1,000-5,000 barrels a day.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


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Danene Birtell, left, of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Patrick Hogan, right, of International Bird Rescue and Research Center, and Christina Schilleci, background right, clean an oiled pelican from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Buras, La., Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


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  A dead drum fish is seen laying in the surf as concern continues that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may harm animals in its path on May 5, 2010 in Waveland, Mississippi. It is unknown if the fish died due to the oil spill.   (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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.......................only then will you (people) relize that money cannot be eaten!!!!!!!!!!!!

"I'm sorry" doesn't cut it for a disaster of this magnitude. How many species are destined for extinction because of man's hubris in this matter?

Please dear GOD....stop all this....please. This is all so unbelievable. How can this ever be stopped as the world is polluted enough already. War, drugs, and greed will end up ruining the world if it hasn't already. Is this the apocalypse that is coming our way to ending life on earth. EVERYONE should do whatever they can to STOP this. I hope BP falls forever and the same with the rest of the oil companies....especially EXXON.

Food for thought. My 9 year old just did a speech on what he would do if he was President. His opening statement was that he would ban all plastic disposable water bottles. Do you know why? It takes a 1/4 cup of crude oil to make one plastic bottle and North Americans buy and throw away over 57 million bottles a year. Do the math. These pictures speak volumes. Stop buying products made with crude oil and maybe these oil companies won't push themselves drill further and further into the ground. What is going on is appauling and very difficult to explain to kids.

This should make all of us, to some degree, feel ashamed to be human beings.


These people responsible should go to jail for what has happened.

Those pictures brought tears to my eyes. What are we doing to our earth? What legacy are we leaving for our children?

wow thats bad

These pictures are so depressing

This is disgusting. I am mortified and saddened by the effects of this disaster.

I feel like if the tables were turned and these were humans, there would be much more noise made and a solution would be found even faster. This is so devastating to look at.

Why even publish these photos. All it does is make people feel sick and disgusted. 99.9% of the people who view them are still going to drive to work tomorrow, drive up north for the long weekends, and fill their recreational vehicles with gas. People talk about it and say how terrible it is but let’s be honest, once they close the web page or turn off the TV, out of sight out of mind. Life goes on, everyone has to make a dollar.

It is a drastic environmental mismanagement...

For anyone who want to halt Alberta's bitumen and oilsands (no they are NOT tar), I suggest you invest in environmental technology. Thirst for oil will not cease. The environmental impact is nil compared to this BP mismangement.

The sad part is that this is only the beginning

We are all responsible.

Unknowing, unwilling, helpless participants of a world we are destroying around and amongst them.

Ok - so here are the pictures, and the proof of a real disaster. Now - what can we do to stop and prevent this ???

This is disgusting and heartbreaking. And what's worst is that even this disaster, so huge that we can't properly comprehend it, isn't creating a groundswell of opposition to the continued use of petrochemicals.

We live in a sick society when the population accepts trillion dollar bailouts to save "the economy" (i.e. a few failing firms that should be allowed to die naturally), but no one will accept spending serious money on protecting something that isn't a human construct, the ENVIRONMENT.

this isnt just BP's fault. BP may have caused the accident, but it is all our fault. As we all drive cars, encourage sprawl, oppose bikes lanes, transit initiatives and pedestrianizing our cities, what do you expect to happen. Our every increasing demand for oil to maintain our unsustainable lives drives companies like BP to find oil in places like the gulf. This is just the beginning. Wait for what comes next.

I am weeping for the world. At what price do we continue this insanity and this need for oil.

This makes me so angry and sad. BP is completely responsible for the deaths of these animals and should be destroyed as a corpoarte entity. Not sold. The shareholders should be forbiffen from selling their shares and be charged with this destruction since its their greed for more money that entices corporations to cut corners for profit sake. I also blame humans in general and our governemnts. How many times does it have to be beaten into people heads that we are detsroying the only planet we have and as far as we know the only inhabitable one we know of. We ahve let populatuions dive to such a level that an event like this will wipe out enetire species because many occur only inlimted areas now. I am completely disgusted. People like myself have bbeen working for years to move society towards a cleaner sustainable future but companies like BP get what they want and people support it because they are too stupid or lazy to even look at the issues. Wghat a great future we have left ourselves with. Thankfully I have no kids yet and doubt if I want any. Why bring them into a world of suffering due to greedy rich people, failed governments, and a stupid self centred general poulation.

I don't ever care for animals and yet these pictures made me feel deeply saddened. What shocks me more is of the fact that the oil is STILL leaking.

I wonder if the people at the top who are (ir)responsible are crying themselves to sleep to see the devastation they have caused? Somehow, I suspect the responsiblity has been shuffled from each one down the line until it ends up with some poor guy at the bottom of the pryramid, who, without irony, is no longer around to take the heat because he went up with it. But I bet his family is crying themselves to sleep.

Thats is to bad. But it was a human error... Nothing more... Unfortunately, you shouldnt worry about things you cant control. And this is an uncontrollable act. But, i dont feel ASHAMED to be a human at all. You know why? WE can fix this, we can come together, and solve this problem. WE also need to hold those RESPONSIBLE for this accountable.

Can you imagine the suffering - the pain and agony these animals are in. It takes days to die this way. Just imagine right now - the agony and suffering they are all in while we sit at our computers and drink from out plastic water bottles and get in our SUV's and drive home.
I am ashamed of my self for being one -because you don’t really understand the far reaching impacts our lives and our needs have on the world around us.
When it all goes wrong - it really goes wrong.
We can’t all just make a little change any more - it is not cutting it - we have to stop and all make big changes.
Think of all the crude oil used to make all the thing at dollar stores that we waste money on then throw away. That pelican is dying a HORRIBLE EVIL death because of what I and many more of us have done - through stupid needs for garbage.

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