It's been four years since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and sending more than 200 million gallons of crude oil gushing into the water. The public outrage has largely died down, as have the EPA restrictions on federal contracts for BP. But the devastating effects on the area's wildlife persist.
Oil is still washing up on the Louisiana shores, and severe damages to the ecosystem are still observable miles away from the Macondo well. The long-term impact of oil spills, unfortunately, reflects a sobering reality that we can expect to see for years; wildlife in the Prince William Sound has not fully recovered from the Exxon Valdez oil spill 25 years ago, and pollution from a 1969 Cape Cod oil spill was still detected as recently as 2010.
According to a new National Wildlife Federation report, over a dozen species are still struggling with disease, defects and deformities from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. Here are just some of animals hurting.
All photos were taken in 2010 in the aftermath of the spill unless otherwise noted.