See the BP Oil Spill Like Never Before: Daniel Beltrá’s Amazing Photos

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Boats burning oil on the surface near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source.

Boats burning oil on the surface near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source. credit: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace June 17, 2010, Louisiana.

Oil spill discoloring the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Oil spill discoloring the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. credit: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

The oil and dispersants that were dumped into the ocean were found to be highly toxic and carcinogenic—and as they spread, threatened dozens of key spawning and birthing grounds for various species.

In 2011, for example, the director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport reported that dead baby dolphins were washing up along the Mississippi and Alabama shorelines at about 10 times the normal number for the first two months of the year.

Daniel Beltrá's Amazing Photos: See the BP Oil Spill Like Never Before  David DeFranza Science / Ocean Conservation May 9, 2012  «5 of 11»  credit: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace  The oil and dispersants that were dumped into the ocean were found to be highly toxic and carcinogenic threatening dozens of species.

Daniel Beltrá's Amazing Photos: See the BP Oil Spill Like Never Before David DeFranza Science / Ocean Conservation May 9, 2012 «5 of 11» credit: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace The oil and dispersants that were dumped into the ocean were found to be highly toxic and carcinogenic threatening dozens of species. credit: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

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