Research findings indicate that the oil spill off the coast of Mexico may be endangering the lives of these animals.
Biologist Eric Hoffmayer, who studies whale sharks at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory said that “This spill’s impact came at the worst possible time and in the worst possible location for whale sharks. We’ve seen aerial photos with animals within a few miles of the wellhead and swimming in thick oil.
At the end of the day, if these animals were feeding in an area where there was surface oil, and if they ingested oil, there is a good possibility that they died and sank to the bottom. At this point we have no idea how many animals have been impacted.”