Gulf Oil Spill: The Black and Oily Demise of Wildlife (Slideshow) UPDATED

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On the night of Tuesday, April 20, an explosion rocked an offshore drilling platform, launching an intense effort to fight the ensuing fires and find the 11 people that went missing after the accident.

Now, days later, the spreading slick of crude has reached shore—and poses a serious threat to the fragile ecosystems along the coast.

Gulf Oil Spill: The Black and Oily Demise of Wildlife (Slideshow)

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