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Gulf oil spill: Animals at risk

May 1, 2010, 8:04 a.m.
Brown pelicans and seagulls on Ship Island south of Mississippi

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Edge of disaster

Two brown pelicans and a flock of seagulls rest on the shore of Ship Island on April 29 as an oil containment boom line floats just offshore from Fort Massachusetts, south of Mississippi in the Gulf of Mexico. The April 20th oil spill that resulted from the sinking of the Deepwater Horizons platform is threatening birds and marine mammals along the Gulf Coast. At least 200,000 gallons of oil a day are spewing from the spill site and winds continue to push the oil toward land.