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Image : Still Toxic After All These Years


Location: Buzzards Bay, off West Falmouth, Mass.
Date: September 16, 1969

Lat./Long.: 41°35'57.60"N, 70°41'47.88"W
Material spilled: No. 2 fuel oil
Amount spilled: 189,000 gallons
Spill extent: **

Plaster of Paris casts demonstrate how fiddler crabs in healthy marshes dig deep and straight burrows (left side), while crabs in areas where oil is still buried in Wild Harbor dig shallow and erratic burrows. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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