A map of known and potential impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
In the three years since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, scientists have seen impacts ranging from visibly oiled birds and sea turtles to sick dolphins and dying corals.
Determining the full extent of the impacts from the oil spill will take time, and researchers are just beginning to release their findings. This map illustrates impacts they’ve documented in the region so far, including fish with lesions, impacted bluefin tuna spawning habitat and shifts in whale shark abundance and distribution.
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