Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Sea turtle surfaces in the Gulf Coast oil spill (Venice, Louisiana).

A sea turtle surfaces in the Gulf Coast oil spill (Venice, Louisiana).
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An accident last week has resulted in hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil being leaked into the ocean each day. The result will be devastating to the ecosystem of the Gulf Coast. Millions of plants and animals will be affected in the water and along the coast line.

Many people want to help, but it may not be the best idea to travel to the coast and start cleaning off animals. Proper training is required to know how to safely deal with the oil.

The Mother Nature Network has a good list of ways to help, including volunteering to rehabilitate affected animals and reporting areas where the oil can be seen from shore. To read their complete list and find the agencies to contact, please visit their website.