Oil spill imperiled dwarf seahorses says group -- May soon be classified as endangered


Group: Oil spill imperiled inch-long seahorses, Associated Press, April 6, 2011:

An environmental group is asking the federal government to list an inch-long seahorse that lives in the Gulf of Mexico, off Florida and in the Caribbean, as endangered or threatened, saying last year's BP PLC oil spill pushed it closer to extinction.

Dwarf seahorses live in beds of seagrass. The Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday dramatic losses of those grasses had already severely damaged the dwarf seahorse population before the spill - and both oil and dispersants are toxic to seagrasses and to seahorses. ...

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