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12 years later, BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster still reverberates

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12 years later, BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster still reverberates

AUSTIN, Texas – BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded nearly 12 years ago on April 20, 2010. The largest oil spill in American history, the disaster ultimately poured 4 million barrels – or 168  million gallons – of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, killing sea turtles, birds, a record number of dolphins and more. The damage endured, as wildlife populations crashed in the years following the disaster. 

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Why baby Right whales are in danger — and how Red Lobster can help
A North Atlantic Right whale and her calf breach the surface

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Why baby Right whales are in danger — and how Red Lobster can help

At least nine new calves have been born so far this birthing season, which typically lasts from December to March. This spring, they'll face a perilous migration northward, where fishing lines, such as the vertical lines for traditional lobster traps, could result in a painful — and even fatal — entanglement.

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