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WhalesSei, 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 TurtleScientists 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 TurtlesThe 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 ShellfishThe 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
West Indian ManateeThe 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 PelicanDespite 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 BIrdsThe 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 DolphinAn 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
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