National Geographic Gulf Oil Spill Photographs

Via National Geographic, photograph by Sean Gardner, Reuters:

Mired

A brown pelican sits in a pool of oil along Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, on Saturday.

The species is especially at risk, since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is occurring during nesting season, endangering both present and future generations of brown pelicans.

(Pictures: Gulf Oil Spill Hits Land—And Wildlife.)

Oiled Laughing Gull

Photograph by Win McNamee, Getty Images.

A laughing gull languishes in surf tainted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana, on June 4.

Even as BP’s new cap—attached late last week—is proving successful at funneling some of the leaking oil to waiting ships, U.S. Coast Guard chief Thad Allen told reporters Monday that it will take “a couple of months” to clean surface oil from the Gulf.

“Long-term issues of restoring environments and habitats,” Admiral Allen added, “will be years.”

(Related: “Nature Fighting Back Against Gulf Oil Spill.”)

Dripping With Oil

Photograph by Win McNamee, Getty Images.

Heavy oil dangles from a laughing gull’s beak at East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana, on June 4.

Oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill has stained beaches along a roughly hundred-mile-long (160-kilometer-long) stretch of the Gulf Coast as of Monday.

(See “Gulf Oil Is in Loop Current, Experts Say.”)

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