Other species impacted were the brown pelican, the state bird of Louisiana and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, the most endangered turtle in the world. What was really sad was that the turtles, covered with oil and disabled, were most easily caught up in the booms. Many of the turtles were burned to death when they fired the captured oil.
North American Bluefish tuna were already close to extinction. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, manatees, river otters, minks and thousands of other critters were impacted by BP.
I do not write to bring back bad memories to the folk who lost their livelihoods, but to keep the disaster at the forefront of the minds of environmentalists. We cannot forget the Gulf of Mexico.
Why? Because this disaster was managed without full disclosure to anyone by anybody. We have not seen the full catastrophe of what the oil did to the beaches because we were not allowed to.
Photographers have been run off beaches (for more information, view video):
No one is addressing the huge plume of hydrocarbons remaining in the Gulf
On Good Friday, March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez was run aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Do you know that many of the litigants have died waiting on their settlement. Litigation continues today.