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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.

Photo: American Museum of Natural History via National Geographic

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Two new species of extremely unusual "walking" batfish, so named because they use their stouts and arm-like fins to crawl along the ocean bottom, were recently discovered lurking around the Deepwater Horizon oil pipe.

One of them can only be found in the region immediately surrounding the site of the spill. It's possible that the moment they were discovered could be the last time we see them.

The batfish highlights the concept that there are probably many undiscovered species in the unexplored waters of the deep that may be at risk of extinction, but we might not know about them until it's too late.