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Gulf oil spill: Animals at risk

Oysters about to be shucked

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Oysters

The spill has moved toward the mouth of the Mississippi River, prime real estate for oysters and shrimp. Oysters are unlikely to be affected by a spill that remains on the surface, but eventually the oil residue could get sucked in by the oysters, according to a story in the Dallas Morning News. Louisiana shrimpers were given the go-ahead on Thursday for an emergency opening of the white shrimp season, with the goal of removing as many shrimp as possible out of the water before the worst of the oil hits shore.