In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

A major oil spill off the coast of southern California killed fish, drowned birds in oil, and polluted wetlands. Local authorities called it an environmental disaster. Photo by REUTERS.

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In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

1. A surfer swims next to oil spills on the water.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

2. Fish swim under oil spills in Talbert Sound after a major oil spill off the coast of California came ashore in Huntington Beach.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

3. A warning sign is posted for people to stay out of the water.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

4. Buoyant barriers trap oil.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

5. Oil spills remained on the state beach, which was closed.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

6. Oil spills seep into Talbert Strait.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

7. Cleanup teams work to reduce damage.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

8. Workers use heavy machinery to make a berm to keep oil out of the controlled pool.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

9. Oil spills float on the water in Talbert Sound.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

10. A cleanup team is working to clean up oil spills in the Talbert Sound.

In photos: California oil spill kills fish and damages wetlands

11. A school of fish swims under a barrier that prevents oil from entering the ecological estuary.

Keywords: Photos | World | California | Oil | Damages | Wetlands | Nature | Environment | Animal

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