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Even modest oil exposure can harm coastal and marine birds

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October 12, 2017 Wiley read full ScienceDaily article here

Many birds and other wildlife die following an oil spill, but there are also other potential long-terms effects of oil exposure on animals. study that examined blood samples from birds present in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and 2011 following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, even birds with small amounts of oil present on their feathers experienced problems related to their red blood cells.

The findings show that even modest oil exposure can cause problems for individual birds and bird populations.

Jesse A. Fallon, Eric P. Smith, Nina Schoch, James D. Paruk, Evan A. Adams, David C. Evers, Patrick G.R. Jodice, Christopher Perkins, Shiloh Schulte, William A. Hopkins. Hematological indices of injury to lightly oiled birds from the deepwater horizon oil spill. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2017; DOI: 10.1002/etc.3983

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