The Pendleton Panther

What Does the Oil Spill Mean for Gulf Wildlife?

Posted on: May 26, 2010

The BP oil spill has already shaped up to cost the company and the country over a billion dollars, but the species indigenous to the Gulf of Mexico have more to worry about that a thinner wallet.  Birds are often hit quite hard by oil spills as the petroleum readily congeals to their feathers as the float.  The brown pelican, state bird of Louisiana, was removed from the endangered species list just last year, and may face a dwindling population again.  Casualties for Gulf species at the moment remain relatively low, but no one knows exactly how damaging the spill could end up being as the world has never before seen a man made ecological disaster of this magnitude.  Among the threatened species are bluefin tuna, Kemp’s ridley turtles, and Florida Manatees which migrate up to the northern Gulf every summer to graze.  Still, if the leak can be sealed within any decent time span, there may be hope for these animals yet.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s



%d bloggers like this: