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Oil Spills, and Nature Suffers
Heart-rending images from the Gulf of Mexico reveal the effect of BP's oil spill on Mother Nature's helpless creatures. It seems animals are the first casualties of the tragic accident.

Baby Kemp's Ridley Turtle

July 9: A baby Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, an endangered species, is seen resting his head on a towel as he awaits veterinary care, after being rescued from oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, at the Audubon Center For The Research of Endangered Species, in New Orleans, La.

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Kemp's Turtle

July 9: A baby Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, an endangered species, is seen resting his head on a towel as he awaits veterinary care, after being rescued from oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, at the Audubon Center For The Research of Endangered Species, in New Orleans, La.

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Baby_Pelican

July 8: A baby pelican impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is seen at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La.

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Baby_Laughing_Gull

July 8: A baby laughing gull impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is seen at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La.

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Roseate_Spoonbill

July 8: A Roseate Spoonbill impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is seen at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La.

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Dead_Fish_in_Louisiana

July 10: In this photo provided by P.J. Hahn, dead fish are seen on the waterways at North of Point a la Hache Marina, La. It's unclear what killed the fish, and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating.

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Greenpeace_Activists_2

July 7: Greenpeace activists paint over a banner with the British Petroleum (BP) logo in a protest against the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at St. Stephen's square in Vienna on Wednesday. A commission appointed by President Barack Obama to study the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill gives academics and environmentalists a prominent role in making recommendations about the future of offshore drilling in the United States.

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Save_the_Gulf

July 7: Greenpeace activists paint over a banner with the British Petroleum (BP) logo in a protest against the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at St. Stephen's square in Vienna on Wednesday. A commission appointed by President Barack Obama to study the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill gives academics and environmentalists a prominent role in making recommendations about the future of offshore drilling in the United States.

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Painting_Over_Banner

July 7: Greenpeace activists paint over a banner with the British Petroleum (BP) logo in a protest against the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at St. Stephen's square in Vienna on Wednesday. A commission appointed by President Barack Obama to study the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill gives academics and environmentalists a prominent role in making recommendations about the future of offshore drilling in the United States.

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Gulf_Shores_in_Alabama_2

July 2: BP Mobile Incident Commander Keith Seilhan talks with oil cleanup workers in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Friday. Seilhan was informing the workers that they had BP's permission to speak to members of the media if they wished. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident is expected to come ashore over the July 4th weekend.

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Cleaning_Up_Alabama

July 2: A BP Contractor cleans up oil on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. near the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier on Friday. Oil was washed well inland on the beach by Hurricane Alex as it made it's way across the southern Gulf of Mexico. 

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Whale_Skimmer_2

July 1: The "A Whale" skimmer, billed as the world's largest oil skimming vessel, is seen anchored on the >Mississippi River in Boothville, LA. With a length of 3 1/2 football fields and towering 10 stories high, "A Whale" is designed to collect up to 500,000 barrels of oily water a day through 12 vents on either side of its bow. The ship has arrived in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to assist with the cleanup of the BP oil spill, a government spokeswoman said Thursday.

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View of Deck

July 1: A view from the deck of 'A Whale' skimmer, billed as the world's largest oil skimming vessel, anchored along the Mississippi River in Boothville, Louisiana. The massive ship converted into a "super skimmer" has arrived in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to assist with cleanup of the BP oil spill, a government spokeswoman said Thursday. The 1,100-foot (335 meter)-long ore and oil carrier, dubbed the "A Whale," is being provided by the owner, TMT Shipping of Taiwan, and can collect 500,000 barrels (21 million gallons) per day of contaminated water, said Chris Coulon, a spokeswoman for the joint incident command.

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Engine_Room

July 1: Third officer Neeraj Chaturved looks at the engine room of 'A Whale' skimmer vessel, billed as the world's largest oil skimming vessel, anchored along the Mississippi River in Boothville, Louisiana. The massive ship converted into a "super skimmer" has arrived in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to assist with cleanup of the BP oil spill, a government spokeswoman said Thursday. The 1,100-foot (335 meter)-long ore and oil carrier, dubbed the "A Whale," is being provided by the owner, TMT Shipping of Taiwan, and can collect 500,000 barrels (21 million gallons) per day of contaminated water, said Chris Coulon, a spokeswoman for the joint incident command.

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Still_Leaking_Oil_2

July 1: This image from video provided by BP PLC shows oil continuing to leak from the broken wellhead, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tate_Britain_Gallery

June 28: Demonstrators carry oil and feathers to the entrance of the Tate Britain gallery, in London, which is hosting the Tate Britain summer party, as part of a protest against BP sponsorship of the arts on Monday. BP's mounting costs for capping and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill have reached $2.65 billion, it said Monday, but the oil giant denied reports out of Russia that CEO Tony Hayward is resigning. 

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Demonstrators_Pour_Oil

June 28: Demonstrators pour oil and feathers outside the entrance of the Tate Britain gallery, in London, which is hosting the Tate Britain summer party, as part of a protest against BP sponsorship of the arts on Monday. BP's mounting costs for capping and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill have reached $2.65 billion, it said Monday, but the oil giant denied reports out of Russia that CEO Tony Hayward is resigning. 

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Oil_Continues_Leaking_2

June 25: This image from video provided by BP PLC early Friday, shows oil leaking from the broken wellhead, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Gushing_from_Broken_Wellhead

June 23: This image from video provided by BP PLC early Wednesday, shows oil continuing to gush from the broken wellhead, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard said Wednesday that BP has been forced to remove a cap that was containing some of the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Greenpeace_Activist

June 17: A Greenpeace activist participates in a protest by holding an image of an oil stained bird while standing in the Petroleum Fountain in Mexico City on Thursday. The protest was held to demand that the Mexican government's energy policy invest in cleaner alternatives and move away from petroleum in order to avoid future environmental disasters.

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Mexican_Protest

June 17: A Greenpeace activist participates in a protest by standing next to a barrel with the British Petroleum logo and an image of an oil stained bird while standing in the Petroleum Fountain in Mexico City on Thursday. The protest was held to demand that the Mexican government's energy policy invest in cleaner alternatives and move away from petroleum in order to avoid future environmental disasters.

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Calderon_Invest_in_Our_Future

June 17: Greenpeace activists protest while standing in the Petroleum Fountain in Mexico City on Thursday. The protest was held to demand that the Mexican government's energy policy invest in cleaner alternatives and move away from petroleum in order to avoid future environmental disasters.

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Questioning

June 17: Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., holds an Associated Press photo taken by Charlie Riedel, of an oil covered pelican, the state bird of Louisiana, as he questions BP CEO Tony Hayward, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, during the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and oil spill. 

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Deeply_Sorry

June 17: BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies during a House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and oil spill, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.

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Natural_Disaster

A Brown Pelican is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being drenched in oil Thursday, June 3, 2010.

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Sea Bird Struggling to Swim

A sea bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast Thursday, June 3, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oil in The Marshes

In this May 22. 2010 photo, nesting pelicans are seen landing as oil washes ashore on an island that is home to hundreds of brown pelican nests as well at terns, gulls and roseate spoonbills in Barataria Bay, just inside the the coast of Louisiana. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is now impacting large stretches of the Louisiana Coast.

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Bird_in_Oil

A bird is mired in oil 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.

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Dolphin_Boom

An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin swims in a lagoon behind yellow protective booming erected by the U.S. Coast Guard, Thursday. June 3, 2010 in Grassy Key, Fla. No oil has arrived, but officials installed hundreds of feet of booms at the Dolphin Research Center as a precaution.

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Man-Made Tragedy

A bird covered in oil flails in the surf at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast Thursday, June 3, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

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Bird's Eye View

A bird flies above oil on the Gulf of Mexico off of East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being Thursday, June 3, 2010.

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Oil in The Wetlands

Oil is seen around marsh grasses during a tour by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal of an area impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at Pass a Loutre, La. Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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Bird Fly Over

A bird flies above oil on the Gulf of Mexico off of East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast Thursday, June 3, 2010.

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Pelican Swimming to Shore

A brown pelican is mired in oil near 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.

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Baby Heron

A young heron sits dying amidst oil splattering underneath mangrove on an island impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Barataria Bay, just inside the the coast of Lousiana, Sunday, May 23, 2010. The is home to hundreds of herons, brown pelicans, terns, gulls and roseate spoonbills.

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Crusing Through the Oil

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Shane Granier looks at an area impacted by the the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at Pass a Loutre, La. Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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Boom Cleanup

Workers use booms to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Pass a Loutre, La., Friday, May 28, 2010.

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Oily Water

Oil is seen floating on the water in an oil impacted marsh in Pass a Loutre, La., Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is infiltrating the coast of Louisiana.

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Catch_the_Bird

A Louisiana Fish and Wildlife officer unsuccessfully pursues an oil soaked pelican in Barataria Bay, just inside the the coast of Louisiana, Sunday, May 23, 2010 .The island, which is home to hundreds of brown pelican nests as well at terns, gulls and roseate spoonbills, is impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Boat in the Ocean

A supply vessel passes through an oil sheen near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana, Monday, May 31, 2010.

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Oil_Covered_Pelican_Takes_Flight

An oil soaked pelican takes flight after Louisiana Fish and Wildlife employees tried to corral him on an island in Barataria Bay just inside the the coast of Louisiana, Sunday, May 23, 2010. The island, which is home to hundreds of brown pelican nests as well at terns, gulls and roseate spoonbills, is impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Oil Invasion

Oil is seen along the shoreline of Port Fourchon, La., Monday, May 31, 2010.

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Pelican Covered in Oil

A Brown Pelican is seen on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being drenched in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Thursday, June 3, 2010. The Environmental Protection Agency has not yet fined BP for the Gulf oil spill _ details of possible penalties will be worked out later.

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Vulnerable_Pelicans

White pelicans, brown pelicans and seagulls are seen congregating on an island nesting ground in the Breton Sound of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana Monday, May 3, 2010. Wildlife are vulnerable to the oil spill resulting from the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

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Dead_Catfish

A dying catfish that has been picked at by birds floats on the surface of the water in the Breton Sound of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana Monday, May 3, 2010. Fish and wildlife are vulnerable to the oil spill resulting the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

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Marine Death

May 2: A dead sea turtle lies on the beach in Pass Christian, Miss. Researchers from the Institute of Marine Mammal Sciences from Gulfport, Miss. collected a number of dead turtles and will examine them to determine the cause of death.

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Marine Death

May 2: A dead sea turtle lies on the beach in Pass Christian, Miss. An unusually high number of sea turtles have been found dead on beaches over the past two days, but it is still unknown whether they died as a direct or indirect result of a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico caused by last week's oil-rig explosion.

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Marine Death

May 2: Institute of Marine Mammal Sciences researchers Kelly Folkedahl, Justin Main and Meagan Broadway gather data before collecting a dead sea turtle on the beach in Pass Christian, Miss.

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Marine Death

May 2: Justin Main, a volunteer with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss, inspects the body of a sea turtle found dead on the beach in Pass Christian, Miss. An unusually high number of sea turtles have been found dead on beaches in Mississippi over the past two days, but it is still unknown whether they died as a direct, or indirect result of a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the explosion of an oil rig last week.

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Recovery

April 30: An oil covered Northern Gannet bird in a pen at a facility set up by Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Fort Jackson, La. The bird is normally white when full grown.

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Recovery

April 30: Dr. Erica Miller, left, and Danene Birtell with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research help a Northern Gannet bird.

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Recovery

May 1: A Northern Gannet bird, which is covered in oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, pokes its head out from under a towel as members of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and the International Bird Research Center prepare to hydrate it in Fort Jackson, La.

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Recovery

April 30: Some of the items used to help birds affected by the oil spill at a facility set up by Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Fort Jackson, La.

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Recovery

May 1: Members of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and the International Bird Research Center hydrate a Northern Gannet bird, which was covered in oil and cleaned.

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Recovery

May 1: Members of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and the International Bird Research Center hydrate a Northern Gannet bird at a cleaning facility in Fort Jackson, La.

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Oil Spills, and Nature Suffers

Heart-rending images from the Gulf of Mexico reveal the effect of BP's oil spill on Mother Nature's helpless creatures. It seems animals are the first casualties of the tragic accident.

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