Oil Spill

Salty Topics: Exploring Oil Spill Impacts in the Gulf of Mexico


In April of 2010, a gas release on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caused an explosion that caused devastation in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 210 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico over the course of 87 days to make this oil spill the worst one in recent history. Because of this oil spill, the coastlines of states like Texas, Louisiana, and Florida have portions that were polluted by the oil spill in 2010, and there are still sightings of oil washing up on these state’s shores today. Nearly 8,000 marine animals, such as turtles and birds, were reportedly dead within six-months of the oil spill.

Even though the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred over six years ago, scientists and researchers are still discovering the oil spill’s effects on the Gulf of Mexico. Come join us and Dr. Monica Wilson as she discusses recent research findings and explores the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s impacts on habitats, aquatic wildlife, and human health.

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New Publications from Florida Sea Grant

Seafood perceptions cover


New in print and online – take a look at the latest offerings from Florida Sea Grant including our new shark catch and release corner on our Catch and Release website, publications on fin fish aquaculture, seafood consumption perceptions and knowledge, and sponge restoration in the Florida Keys. Take a look


Crochet Coral Reef, See it before it Unravels!

(With contribution from Savannah Carr, St. Petersburg High School)
The word “crochet” is associated with scarves, sweaters and mittens too warm for Florida.  However, the Crochet Coral Reef has made the handicraft more significant to our local community.

Florida Sea Grant’s Response to the Oil “Spill”

Many of my colleagues in the Florida Sea Grant College Program have been diligently working on using available resources to develop and deliver information that will help us deal with and minimize the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak. It is a daunting challenge, our university budget pales by comparison with the vast sums of money we hear about in the media. However, I want you to know that the dedicated professionals associated with Florida Sea Grant are doing what they can, and it is a lot.

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Oil Look‐Alikes

There have been many inquiries regarding whether dark blobs on the beach came from the oil spill. However, not all the sheen on the water, dark spots or blobs on the beach, and foamy or frothy material floating in the water are cause by oil. Mother Nature produces these oil look-a-likes all the time.

Go to www.flseagrant.org and check out “Oil Sheen Look-A- Likes”.

Sea Life Oil Lookalikes

From left: A black tunicate, colonial tunicate, and skate egg cases can often be mistaken for tar balls (right) on Florida shores. Sources: Bryan Fluech (Florida Sea Grant), Andrew Diller (Florida Sea Grant), NOAA

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