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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.

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Before the oil spill, the Florida manatee population had already experienced a 12.5 percent drop in population because of this year's unseasonably cold winter. Much of what remains of the fragile population may be swimming directly into the oil spill as the beasts migrate to their summer waters along the Gulf Coast.

If the oil slick impacts the manatees' home off the coast of Florida, that could trigger a massive, never-done-before rescue effort and may imperil the species' odds of returning to their natural habitat.