Ten months ago, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and launching the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history as more than 206 million gallons of oil spilled into this fragile ecosystem. More than 6,800 birds, sea turtles, dolphins and marine mammals were killed in the BP spill. Thousands more were harmed, and the legacy of the spill will continue impacting the environment for decades to come. For a reality check: Twenty-one years after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil -- about 5 percent of BP's spill -- in Alaska's Prince William Sound, oil continues to affect marine and coastal environments and can be found by simply digging into the sand there. Currently we are prepping the research vessel Odyssey for its return to the Gulf this summer for its second voyage since the disaster and we are also currently analyzing the data from the over 50 tissue samples from sperm, brydes, and humpback whales along with samples from 43 different species of fish that were collected on the first voyage to help us determine the baseline contaminate load for the Gulf and its creatures. With your continued support, we plan to return to the Gulf over the next decade to document what happens there and to continue this critical work. We thank you all for your support!
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