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  • Whales
    Sei, blue, fin and sperm whales were seen in the oil-slicked Gulf waters. Scientists are concerned these marine mammals may have inhaled toxic fumes as they surfaced for air. © Tom Crowley
  • Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
    Scientists are studying the long-term impact the oil may have on the endangered Kemp’s ridley, a species foraging and nesting on the Gulf coast during the oil spill. © USFWS
  • Other Sea Turtles
    The Gulf supports 5 species of sea turtle. Restoring seagrass beds, a primary food source, is one way the Conservancy is ensuring a healthy future for these marine reptiles. © Scott Atkinson
  • Fish and Shellfish
    The spill potentially threatens generations of Gulf’s fish and shellfish, as well as the marshes and sea grass beds where they breed. Conservancy staff is working to restore critical fish and shellfish habitat, the foundation of the region’s $2.4 billion seafood industry. © Andrew Kornylak

  • Whale Shark
    The world’s largest fish, the endangered whale shark, was sighted in the Gulf during the spill. The whale shark is known to feed near the mouth of the Mississippi River. © Andy Drumm
  • West Indian Manatee
    The Conservancy is restoring sea grass beds throughout the Gulf, a vital food source for the endangered West Indian manatee, and nursery area for fish, shellfish and sharks. © T.L. Schrichte
  • Brown Pelican
    Despite the oil spill, the brown pelican had a successful 2010 breeding season in the Gulf. Scientists are monitoring the long-term impacts on the pelican and other coastal birds. © Beth Maynor Young
  • Other Coastal BIrds
    The oil spill threatened the food sources and habitat of more than 100 species of coastal birds, such as snowy egrets and roseate spoonbills. Our scientists are working to restore vital avian habitat to ensure these species endure. © Kent Mason
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    An alarming number of baby dolphins, primarily bottlenose dolphins, found dead during and after the Gulf oil spill has experts researching the impact of the oil on marine mammals. © Howard Penn
Animals of the Gulf of Mexico
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