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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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Someone, somewhere, possibly the fuel companies or federal governments hold one or more patents that would mobilzie an auto without the use of fossile fuels. It would not be profitable to allow the ordinary citizen to run their auto at little or no cost.
I don't know how to stop corporate greed. I think we may all be toast. I am not having children.

The death of any living creature can definitely be sad, but only the first 3 pictures, of 2 different animals were confirmed to be caused by the oil spill. It's unfortunate that the media creates "proof" in order to exagerate, and I say exagerate because this is by far not the biggest oil spill in history (yet), news to support what they want their readers to believe.

What an absolute horror... We sit back and take this earth for granted. This is completely unacceptable! I am just so sad, I wish I could go and help clean up...

Folks, I agree that these photos are exceptionally disturbing. But we are not helpless nor blameless in this tragedy. We all share the blame because it's our oil-driven lifestyles that ultimately have culminated in this disaster. Without a market, oil companies lose the motivation and ability to attempt to extract oil from ever-riskier operations such as this one. So if we want to make a difference, we need to look at all the areas in our lives where we consume or promote the consumption of oil-based products, and then start cutting back - every little bit helps. And we need to look well beyond the obvious places such as automobiles. As others have mentioned, oil has indirectly inflitrated virtually every aspect of our lives, so we need to consider all our purchases. To take one big example, how we eat has a big implication in this area. We need to consider the type of food we eat, where that food came from, how it is packaged, how it was transported, and how it was grown. As a general guideline, if you choose fresh, unprocessed, locally-grown foods with limited packaging, you're reducing oil demand. If we make it a habit to do this type of analysis for all the products and services we consume, we can collectively make a huge difference without incurring a detrimental lifestyle effect (in fact, it's fulfilling to go through this exercise knowing that it will help to prevent a future occurrence such as the one shown in these photos). Let's take personal responsibility for this and empower ourselves to make a difference!

this is unforgiveable.
older people are ruining this beautiful planet
and killing our wildlife.
when this planet comes to an end, i hope
humans are the last remaining living beings,
leaving us to suffer the most.

I think this is absolutely appalling. Can people really look at these images and not have tears in their eyes? The poor helpless animals. How many times are we going to have oil spill into our oceans before we say enough is enough. When we can no longer swim in the ocean, when all the resorts have to be closed because the water is too toxic, when all the wildlife has been wiped out, and lest we forget that the ocean and sealife is very important to human life continuing. So many people just say " this is so sad, who's going to do something about this" and then we all just return to our daily lives..like it never even happened. There are safer ways to drill oil, why through the ocean? And the worst part about a lot of these spills is that by the time the company gets taken to court to pay their fines it has been prolonged so many times that the cases get thrown out; now what does this teach them? That it is ok to make such huge mistakes because all they will get is a slap on the hand. This whole situation makes me sick to my stomach.

live your life to to the fullest, and enjoy it now. because who knows how long we really have left.

Truly sad... and nice to see most of you mourning the loss of another co-habitant of our plantet. But I felt this even before BP - in fact every time I pass a McDonalds, Wendys, Burger King or the grocery store when I see millions of birds, animals, and marine creatures being slaughtered to feed humans!!! Its almost like they are treated as lettuce heads. Yes, get people to be come more responsible about our animal friends, but do something about it yourselves too!!!! Otherwise you are just being a hypocrite.

It looks like the pelican in the first photo is screaming for help. I can't stop thinking about this spill. Words cannot describe how horrible this is....

I would like to contribute where I can to help with this disaster... I am particularly interested in assisting the mammals/animals. Does anyone know or have any contacts to someone who assists in cleaning the oil off the animals/mammals?

As I sit here and look at these photos, tears stream down my face. It disgusts me that money comes before life. This oil pipe should have been welded shut as soon as they realized how big the problem was. I am continually more and more disturbed with the state of our world. I ask that everyone please look into the Zeitgeist Movement. Just google it and watch the movies. It has changed the way I view politics, money, and most of all our earth and environment.

What are we leaving behind for our children?


www.thezeitgeistmovement.com

It is really quite sad - but I think it does come down to greed. There are prventative measures that can be taken to make these types of disasters avoidable. And yes although BP is essentially the ones to blame we must also blame the regulators and law makers that push the oil companies agendas. You can blame the general consumer for their need for oil but then you would have to look at the way we design our cities they are not designed for a pedistrian lifestyle let alone bicycles. Public transit is unreliable and expensive - this is all just one big vicious cycle.

Wow this is soo sad...this should never happen to animals......this is sooooooooo SAD!

OMFG!!!! this is super sad! :'( i am like almost in tears... i feel so bad and wish there was a way we could help! I cant even imagine how much pain they went through:( it is sad! this soldnt be happening!

This is the most devastating thing that has ever happened to the wildlife...These animlas should not be suffering over our mistake. We need to take stand and stop this madness.

This is a terrible thinng that has happened and wish something could stop it. It makes you look at how horrible man made disasters and aren't always natural disasters. You may blame the oil company or someone else but, it is our fault! We are making these things happen!

This is the saddest thing i have ever seen in my life:(i'm almost in tears as i type. Animals shouldn't have to suffer, we need to take a stand and stop this, it's to awful to just pretened it's not happening. :'(

This is uterly horrible and made me want to puke god people smarten up we're the reason of those animals dying so i th9ink that we should smarten up before our world has ended enjoy our planet while we still have it and try our very harest to save it b/c in leesss than 50 yeaers we could all die out so take care of our planet while we still have it and fix out planet b4 it s gone !!!!

*cry cry* i feel soooooo bad this is terribale *sigh sigh*

this is completely ridiculous and people need to smarten up and clean the oil up and get these animals cleaned up before they all die and go extinct! it is completely stupid that people are just getting things under control with all of these innocent animals!!! THEY HAVE FAMILY TO!! what would you think if a bunch of trees fell and the animals did nothing they could to help us? im sure alot of you have animals what would you think if it were your animal dieing because of our stupid mistakes. If we do not get things under control we will all die in the next 50 years because of all of the polution we are creating! smarten up people before its to late!!!

Yes this is aweful, but saying its everyones fault is a bit harsh. Its not like I have an option for getting to work using a bike, or electric anything. I have to travel 65km each way, id have to be an olympic athelete to do what mr.miller wants us all to do.

I do use my motorcycle and go transit, but use oil, but much less than the average car commuter. We should do what we can with whats available no doubt, but saying the answer is bike lanes is short sighted and ignorant. Not even looking at the fact that most of the bike lanes dont get used, and just cause more congestion.

This is most devastating thing that has ever happened to the wildlife and these poor animals should not suffer through our mistakes. So, we NEED to take stand and stop this madness.

his is beyond devestating...This is scary, our earth is crumbling underneath us.

I'm a little tired of reading this is a "US Disaster" or "Worst in US History." The fact is our oceans are the source of ALL life on this planet, and it's only now an issue because it's affecting US soil and US fishing economy. I think it's perverse that the focus of concern is funneling the oil to the surface to reclaim it for sale. This is a global issue. Anyone who drives or uses fossil fuels is to blame, not BP. We should all be very ashamed.

Stop driving your car.

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