City of Huntington Beach officials called the oil silk an “environmental catastrophe,” while marine experts said it could take weeks and months until they know the full extent of the damage to wildlife. ۔
Efforts have been made to limit the damage immediately after the outbreak, with skimming equipment and booms deployed along the entire coast and in the swamps.
City officials said dead fish and birds were being reported.
State wildlife officials say so far they only officially know of one duck that has been oiled, but volunteers say other birds that help transport the animals for treatment and sanitation have been affected. have been.
The biggest concern is the migration of seabirds, many of which have already begun migrating south. They will stop in the swamps without knowing the danger in the water.
Marine experts say the 126,000-gallon oil spill will affect the entire food chain and all animals in the region.
“The whole area’s environment could be affected by the oil spill,” said Gwen Goodmanlow, a professor of marine biology at Long Beach, California State University. If marine animals drink oil, they get an infection in the lungs, they cannot reproduce or have a reproductive disorder.
According to officials, the Oil Wildlife Care Network has been activated and staff are ready to take care of the oil-covered animals.
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