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10 animals at risk of extinction from the Gulf oil spill

By: Bryan Nelson on July 19, 2010, 12:35 p.m.
oiled pelicans huddle at a rescue facility

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Threat of extinction

We know by now that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been disastrous for the entire Gulf ecosystem, and that at least 600 Gulf species are likely to experience reduced numbers and harmful effects for generations to come.

For a handful of species, however, the spill may be the final nail in the coffin. The situation is so dire that one major online gambling site has begun allowing bets on which Gulf animals are most likely to be declared extinct first.

Here's our list of the 10 Gulf animals that are beyond threatened — they are at risk of extinction. (Text: Bryan Nelson)