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Weekly News Roundup: The Latest on the Galveston Oil Spill and More

3/28/2014 // By Anne Goddard

The Latest on the Galveston Bay Oil Spill Over the weekend, 168,000 gallons of toxic oil spilled into the Galveston Bay. A Kirby Inland Marine oil barge collided with a cargo ship, shutting down The Houston Ship Channel, and spilling as much as 4,000 barrels …

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10 Wildlife You [Probably] Didn’t Know Existed in the Gulf of Mexico

3/17/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The Gulf of Mexico is home to more than 15,420 species; from the coastal estuaries to the deep sea floor, the biodiversity of the Gulf is astonishing! To highlight this diversity we thought that it would be fun to introduce you to …

Striped dolphins observed in emulsified oil on April 29, 2010. Credit: NOAA.

Will the RESTORE Act Actually Restore the Gulf of Mexico?

3/4/2014 // By Amanda Fuller

Despite what BP wants you to believe, the Gulf oil spill is not over. Scientists continue to learn more and more about the ongoing impacts of the disaster on dolphins, loons, sea turtles and other wildlife. In Louisiana alone, BP …

In other Florida news: Crews on Thursday and Friday found a 1400-pound mat found on an undeveloped beach near Pensacola, FL. Crews will continue to investigate over the weekend. Photo courtesy FDEP.

BP Oil Sickened South Florida Fish: Study

2/28/2014 // By Lacey McCormick

Dissolved oil from the 2010 oil disaster may have moved as far south as Florida’s Sanibel Island, sickening fish along the way, new research from the University of South Florida suggests. The modeling results showing the dissolved oil could have …

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Valentine’s Day Crafts and BP Oil Spill in the Weekly News Roundup- February 14, 2014

2/14/2014 // By Anne Goddard

Valentine’s Day is here! If you’re looking for some wildlife-themed V-Day crafts and recipes to try out with your kids, we’ve got you covered. Here are 13 activities that will help make Valentine’s Day extra sweet this year! Check out …


Study: Deepwater Horizon Oil Causes Heart Damage in Tuna

2/14/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

A new study has found that a chemical in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill causes irregular heartbeats in bluefin and yellowfin tuna that can lead to heart attacks, or even death. The researchers believe that similar impacts …

A pilot whale breaking the surface of the Atlantic. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Emily Brigham.

Dangerous Waters: More Pilot Whales Stranded in Florida

1/23/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

UPDATED BELOW On January 22nd eight short-finned pilot whales died near Fort Myers, Florida and another six whales are unaccounted for. Pilot whales are normally deepwater creatures, and can become easily stranded in shallow coastal waters. Unable to escape and …

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Gulf Coast Wetlands Rapidly Declining

1/8/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The Gulf of Mexico is losing more wetlands than anywhere else in the United States and it is losing them more rapidly than ever before, according to a new federal report that assessed the status of wetlands in the United …

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Wins for Wildlife

1/1/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Thank you for all the actions you’ve taken to help protect wildlife! Here are some victories from 2013 that wildlife advocates like you helped make possible. Breaking Through on Climate Change Answering the call of wildlife advocates and the hundreds of …


The Toll on Gulf Oysters

12/21/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

It is small and slimy, and goes down easy with a little lemon. But the oyster isn’t just a treat for seafood lovers; these humble bivalves play an essential role in the ecology of the Gulf. An adult oyster can …