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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

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

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