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Oil Disaster Threatens Marine Animals

Oil Disaster Threatens Marine Animals

22nd September 2009
Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerhead Turtle

Coral Reef

Coral Reef
An oil spill that occurred off the North West coast of Australia is believed to pose devastating consequences for some of the world's most unique and endangered marine animals.

The oil and gas spill that happened at the end of August is still not under control and is not thought to be for at least a couple of months. The most worrying aspect for scientists and conservationists alike is the fact that the slick is moving towards reefs that are known to be globally significant for their unique wildlife, with some of these animal species not found anywhere else in the world.

Animals such as dolphins, whales, turtles, sea snakes and sea birds along with numerous species of fish and coral are thought to be in significant danger from the recent spill and the increasing number of oil and gas rigs in the area is only increasing the risk to marine life even more.

Bottlenose Dolphins

Bottlenose Dolphins

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