Bottlenose Dolphin in Mississippi Sound

Effects of BP Deepwater Horizon Spill Persist

Marine and coastal life continues to be affected five years after the spill on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Small mangrove islands have disappeared completely after the trees that held them together died. Dolphins continue to wash up dead on shore. Although no direct links to the spill have been proven, some restoration managers believe the spill could affect generations of wildlife and coastal inhabitants for years to come. Meanwhile, BP executives point to the resilience of the Gulf ecosystem, saying there hasn’t been as much damage as some feared.

Read more at NPR.

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