by The Associated Press
Friday, April 30, 2010
MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER -- Concern is growing over the wildlife that inhabits the Gulf Coast as a massive oil slick moves into shore.
Already, a rescue operation about 70 miles southeast of New Orleans received its first patient, a young bird found offshore covered in thick, black oil. Workers with Delaware-based Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research are using blue dishwashing soap to scrub down any oil-tainted creatures.
Down the coast, at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss., scientists, veterinarians and researchers are frantically preparing for the possible arrival of hundreds of oily sea mammals in the coming days.
The nonprofit facility's director, Dr. Moby Solangi, says the site will be ground zero for injured marine mammals from Texas to Florida.