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The Gulf of Mexico is crucial habitat, can BP’s money save it?

May 21, 2010

As the oil from Deepwater Horizon continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has said that they will pay for the damages and the hurt to affected businesses. Can you put a price tag on the devastation of an ecosystem?

Here are images from a photo essay via CBS of some of the wildlife that is (or is about to be) bearing the brunt of this environmental disaster.

(AP/Eric Gay)

hydrating a northern gannet bird that was covered in oil (AP/Patrick Semansky)

a least tern (AP/Dave Martin)

pelicans (AP/Gerald Herbert)

an egret (AP/Pat Sullivan)

Seagulls in the Breton National Wildlife Refuge (AP/Eric Gay)

birds near the mouth of the Mississippi (AP/Greenpeace, Sean Gardner)

a large drum fish (AP/Dave Martin)

a coyote on the edge of a marsh in Bayou Pete (AP/Gerald Herbert)

a dolphin swims past a marker for an oyster bed (AP/Gerald Herbert)

a washed up sea turtle (AP/Dave Martin)

an oil-covered crab (AP/Charlie Riedel)

an oil-stained cattle egret (AP/Gerald Herbert)

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