Sealife in danger after Gulf of Mexico oil spill

  • GRAND ISLE, LA - MAY 27: An ibis takes flight from an oil-covered marsh on an island May 27, 2010 near Grand Isle, Louisiana. BP and government officials are cautiously optimistic that the "top kill" solution of stopping the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster will be successful. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) WIN MCNAMEE

  • GRAND ISLE, LA - MAY 27: Pelicans rest on the rocky shore of an island littered with white oil absorbing booms May 27, 2010 near Grand Isle, Louisiana. BP and government officials are cautiously optimistic that the "top kill" solution of stopping the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster will be successful. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) WIN MCNAMEE

  • GRAND ISLE, LA - MAY 27: A pelican tries to clean its wings while standing on a rock in the water May 27, 2010 near Grand Isle, Louisiana. BP and government officials are cautiously optimistic that the "top kill" solution of stopping the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster will be successful. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) WIN MCNAMEE

  • GRAND ISLE, LA - MAY 27: A pelican tries to clean its wings while standing in the water on an island littered with protective orange and white booms May 27, 2010 near Grand Isle, Louisiana. BP and government officials are cautiously optimistic that the "top kill" solution of stopping the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster will be successful. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) WIN MCNAMEE

  • GRAND ISLE, LA - MAY 27: Behind a protective orange boom, an ibis stands in the water on an oil-covered marsh May 27, 2010 near Grand Isle, Louisiana. BP and government officials are cautiously optimistic that the "top kill" solution of stopping the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster will be successful. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) WIN MCNAMEE

  • A bown pelican soaked in oil struggles for survival on an island in Louisiana State waters during a boat trip with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal between Venice and Grand Isle, Louisiana, Sunday, May 23, 2010. MARICE COHN BAND / MBR

  • BARATARIA BAY, LA - MAY 24: Brown pelicans sit behind an oil boom surrounding their island on May 24, 2010 in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. The island is home to brown pelicans, egrets and roseate spoonbills, some now stained by oil from the BP oil spill. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands and islands affected by the massivel spill which continues gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) JOHN MOORE

  • BARATARIA BAY, LA - MAY 24: Brown pelicans sit behind an oil boom surrounding their island on May 24, 2010 in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. The island is home to brown pelicans, egrets and roseate spoonbills, some now stained by oil from the BP oil spill. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands and islands affected by the massivel spill which continues gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) JOHN MOORE

  • Dying hermit crabs try to get away from oil in the water in a tidal pool at Grand Isle, Lousiana, on May 21, 2010. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Oil spill hits the beach at Grand Isle.A hermit crab is coated with oil in a tidal pool on the beach at Grand Isle,Lousiana May 21, 2010. Beach was closed shortly after photo was taken. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An orange spot of oil floats over a blue crab in a tidal pool on the beach at Grand Isle, Lousiana, on May 21, 2010. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Blobs of heavy oil coat the shell of a dying hermit crab in a tidal pool on the beach at Grand Isle, Lousiana, on May 21, 2010. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A dead sea turtle is on the beach at Grand Isle, Louisiana, Monday, May 10, 2010. The National Guard is constructing a dam to prevent oil from entering the wetlands of Grand Isle and Port Fourchon. Carolyn Cole / MCT

  • A dead turtle is seen on the beach as a Louisiana National Guard vehicle passes by on May 10, 2010 in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. It is unknown how the turtle died. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by BP is leaking an estimated rate of 1,000-5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf and the slick has now reached nearby land. Efforts to contain the spill, including a 98-ton containment box to cap the leak, have done little to slow its flow. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

  • An oily crab is seen on May 19, 2010 in a bayou south of Venice, Louisiana. Heavy oil from a massive spill oozed into Louisiana's fragile marshlands as other streams of crude entered a powerful current that could sweep it to Florida, Cuba and beyond. (Photo credit should read Clement Sabourin/AFP/Getty Images) CLEMENT SABOURIN / COR

  • A dragonfly tries to clean itself as it is stuck to marsh grass covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Garden Island Bay on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana near Venice, Tuesday. GERALD HERBERT/AP

  • VENICE, LA - MAY 14: A seagull flies not far from the massive BP oil spill offshore May 14, 2010 over the sensitive marshlands near Venice, Louisiana. Oil continues leaking out of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead as BP works to contain the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) JOHN MOORE

  • VENICE, LA - MAY 14: Seagulls feed not far from the massive BP oil spill offshore May 14, 2010 in the sensitive marshlands near Venice, Louisiana. Oil continues leaking out of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead as BP works to contain the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) JOHN MOORE

  • A tern enjoys a fish lunch on the oil free beach by Barataria Pass at the end of Grand Isle State Park, Louisiana, on Monday, May 17, 2010. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) STEVE JOHNSON / MBR

  • A sandpiper looks for sand fleas on the oil free beach at the end of Grand Isle State Park, Louisiana, on Monday, May 17, 2010. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) STEVE JOHNSON / MBR

  • A sandpiper searches for sand fleas on the beach by Barataria Pass at the end of Grand Isle State Park, Louisiana,on Monday, May 17, 2010. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) STEVE JOHNSON / MBR

  • A school of mullet swim in an oil free Barataria Pass at the end of Grand Isle State Park, Louisiana, on Monday, May 17, 2010. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) MARICE COHN BAND / MBR

  • A dead shark 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 4, 2010 in Ship Island, Mississippii. It is unknown if the shark 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) JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES

  • Brian Mollere calls in to a turtle rescue team as he looks at a dead sea turtle 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) JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES

  • A least tern sits in its nest May 5, 2010 along the beach in Biloxi, Mississippi. The least tern is in its nesting season in one of the largest colonies on the Gulf Coast and is in the path of the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster putting the fragile colony in jeopardy. The nest is marked with a red flag by the Mississippi Coast Audubon Sociey to warn people of its' location. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) STAN HONDA / GETTY IMAGES

  • 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. 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) JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES

  • 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. 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) JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES

  • 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) JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES

  • 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. 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) JOE RAEDLE / STAFF

  • A dead fish is seen on the beach May 5, 2010 in Pass Christian, Mississippi as the gulf coast is still threatened by the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) STAN HONDA / GETTY IMAGES

  • Orange colored chemical dispersant is seen in the water as it is used to help with the massive oil spill on May 5, 2010 in Breton and Chandeleur sounds off the coast of Louisiana. 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) JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES

  • Dead Man-o-War are seen in an oil slick from the massive spill on May 5, 2010 in Breton and Chandeleur sounds off the coast of Louisiana. 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) JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES

  • A dead Man-o-War is seen washed up on the shores along with the orange colored chemical dispersant used to help with the massive oil spill on May 5, 2010 on Freemason Island off the coast of Louisiana. 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) JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES

  • A dead man 'o war floats in a slick of chemically dispersed oil in the Gulf of Mexico about 14 miles from the Venice marina off the coast of Louisiana on May 5, 2010. If estimates are correct, more than 2.5 million gallons of crude have entered the sea since the BP-leased platform spectacularly sank on April 22, still ablaze more than two days after the initial blast that killed 11 workers. It has not yet made significant landfall. AFP PHOTO / MIRA OBERMAN (Photo credit should read MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images) MIRA OBERMAN / GETTY IMAGES

  • Two black skimmers fight in the air May 5, 2010 along the beach in Biloxi, Mississippi. The natural habitat of the black skimmers is in the path of the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster putting the colony in jeopardy. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) STAN HONDA / GETTY IMAGES

  • A dead fish is seen on the beach May 5, 2010 in Pass Christian, Mississippi as the gulf coast is still threatened by the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster. Emergency crews rushed to protect fragile shorelines and islands as the Gulf of Mexico oil slick expanded, prompting a mobilization of more national guard troops and alerts as far as the Florida Keys. With oil still gushing Wednesday from the ruptured offshore well, volunteers and others descended on the region to help stave off a looming environmental crisis from the huge oil patch. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) STAN HONDA / GETTY IMAGES

  • Containment booms protect a nesting area for pelicans on the Chandeleur Islands off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, May 5 2010. Conservationists worry that wildlife could soon be in danger if a huge oil slick swirling miles away comes ashore. (Amanda McCoy/Biloxi Sun-Herald/MCT) TIM ISBELL / MBR

  • Researchers from University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab examine cutlassfish on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, found in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico as one of the base-line samples. The research is studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the marine environment. (Leigh Coleman/Biloxi Sun-Herald/MCT) LEIGH COLEMAN / mct

  • University of Southern Mississippi research associate Rachel Ryan holds a young fiddler crab on Monday, May 3, 2010, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, before removing its hepatopancreas in the aquatic toxicology lab at USM's Gulf Coast Research Lab. (John Fitzhugh/Biloxi Sun-Herald/MCT) JOHN FITZHUGH / MCT

  • PORT FOURCHON, LA - MAY 03: Fish heads used by fishermen to catch blue crab in the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary sit in a box on a boat May 3, 2010 near Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Fishermen who fish the estuary are concerned that oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico could adversely affect fishing either through oil contamination or overfishing as other fishermen seek out new areas to make a living. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES

  • 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, Mississippi, on Sunday, May 2, 2010. An unusually high number of sea turtles have been found dead on beaches in Mississippi in the past two days JAMES EDWARD BATES / MBR

  • PORT FOURCHON, LA - MAY 03: Blue crab caught by fishermen in the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary sit in a tub on May 3, 2010 near Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Fishermen who fish the estuary are concerned that oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico could adversely affect fishing either through oil contamination or overfishing as other fishermen seek out new areas to make a living. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES

  • Erica Miller, left, and Danene Birtell with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research work to help a Northern Gannet bird, normally white when full grown, which is covered in oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at a facility in Fort Jackson, La., Friday. ALEX BRANDON/AP

  • Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002 -- A tubeworm bush with lots of Acesta bullisi. Notice how the clam sits over the opening of the tubeworm. NOAA Ocean Explorer

  • Close-up of mussels, Bathymodiolus childressi, from the Brine Pool. The expanded filaments on the mussel shells are byssal threads produced by the feet of the mussels and used to hold on to neighbors. Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002 NOAA Ocean Explorer

  • Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002 -- A tray full of giant isopods and Rochina crabs recovered in a trap from the ocean floor. NOAA Ocean Explorer

  • Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002 - The underside of a giant male isopod captured. NOAA Ocean Explorer

  • A harpacticoid copepod collected from mud in the Gulf of Mexico. This specimen, a female carrying eggs, has been stained red to make it stand out from the rest of the sample. Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002 NOAA Ocean Explorer

  • A brightly colored galatheid crab perches on delicate branches of Lophelia. Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002 NOAA Ocean Explorer

  • Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002 - A large spider crab crawling over a group of tubeworms. NOAA Ocean Explorer

  • Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002 -- A small bush of tubeworms. When tubeworm bushes are young, only endemic species of animals can colonize them. The presence of the mussels (Bathymodiolis childressi) in the center of the bush means that methane is seeping just below. NOAA Ocean Explorer

  • Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002 - A tubeworm bush sitting on the deck of the ship. NOAA Ocean Explorer

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