Sea turtle is swabbed down that has had direct contact with oil from Deepwater Horizon oil spill July 19, 2010. Specialized volunteers from numerous organizations help the plight of the sea turtles U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Polly Bennett.
The number of ecological issues surfacing that relate to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are mind boggling, and range from the effects of oil and oil dispersants on the charismatic species of the sea (e.g., whales, manatees, and sea turtles) to their impact on microbial communities and entire ecosystems. Here, we provide key website links of interest in the following categories:
Below are links to distribution maps of ecologically sensitive areas, sensitive habitats, and threatened species
Oil Spill Dispersants
Lessons from the Exxon-Valdez
Literature Review on Oil Spills