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As oil spews from a damaged well 5,000 feet beneath the surface, scientists say the reproduction of wildlife and food webs could be changed in ways that could have long-term effects on the ecosystem.
"We do anticipate long-term and perhaps widespread effects to wildlife and ecosystems that may persist -- even to animals with no evidence of oil on their feathers or fur," said Glenn Plumb, who is leading the National Park Service's spill response effort.
Though few oiled animals have come ashore, scientists say they are concerned about animals swimming through, inhaling and ingesting the oil far at sea.
"A lot of these impacts are more subtle than oil on the outside of the animal," said Ralph Morgenweck, a senior science adviser for the Fish and Wildlife Service.
The responsible parties should be forced to make a living at ground zero.
Originally posted by Just Wondering
And yet ANOTHER gloomer thread.
did you forget to mention the differences between the Exxon Valdez incident and the BP one? It is pretty significant since you are predicting that the wildlife will suffer the same fate.
since you are predicting that the wildlife will suffer the same fate
a picture montage of what an oil spill can do to an ecosystem
I feel this is similar to what is to come but on a grand scale
Damage to Gulf of Mexico marine life could last generations, federal scientists warned today.
Assuming that oil spills such as the one that devastated Alaska's Prince William Sound almost 15 years ago and other toxic insults to the environment have only short-term impacts on coastal marine ecosystems has been a big mistake, a new study shows.