Deepwater Horizon

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An oil rig operating in the Gulf of Mexico that caught fire on 20 April 2010, leading to the largest marine oil pollution incident in history.

The spill released 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a period of 87 days, fouling 1,300 miles of shoreline along five states. Scientists concluded that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed thousands of marine mammals and sea turtles and contaminated their habitats.

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Longterm Effects on Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles (NOAA)