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Where are all the oil soaked birds in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill?

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An oil soaked bird struggles against the side of the HOS an Iron Horse supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana Sunday, May 9, 2010.
An oil soaked bird struggles against the side of the HOS an Iron Horse supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana Sunday, May 9, 2010.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Some have been wondering where are all the oil soaked birds in the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill. Shouldn’t there be more oiled birds? Well some are obliviously going unseen and not being helped. 

 Another reason is the oil dispersant that is being used. The oil is not going to the surface but instead being broken up into smaller particles. When the oil is broken up it falls from the surface causing less short term harm to birds.  It is unknown as to the long term ramification of the dispersants on marine life, wetlands and marshes. Meanwhile, albeit slowly, the oil spill is without a doubt impacting birds and wildlife. 
 

Oil soaked egret

 (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

An oil-stained cattle egret rests on the deck of the supply vessel Joe Griffin at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana Sunday, May 9, 2010.

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  • otbricki 4 years ago

    Another possible reason is that the press has blown this whole thing totally out of proportion.