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Spilled oil can harm living things because its chemical constituents cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment are poisonous. This can affect organisms both from internal exposure to oil cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment through ingestion or inhalation and from external exposure through skin cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment and eye irritation. Oil can also smother some small species of fish or cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment invertebrates and coat feathers and fur, reducing birds’ and mammals’ ability to maintain their body temperatures.

Since most oils float, the creatures most affected by oil are animals like sea cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment otters and seabirds that are found on the sea surface cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment or on shorelines if the oil comes ashore. During most oil spills, seabirds are harmed and killed in greater numbers than other cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment kinds of creatures. Sea otters can easily be harmed by oil, since their ability to stay warm depends on their fur cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment remaining clean. If oil remains on a beach for a while, other creatures, such as snails, clams, and terrestrial animals may suffer. To learn more details about this topic, check out the Oiled Wildlife Care Network from the University cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment of California at Davis. What Measures Are Taken When an Animal Comes in Contact cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment with Oil?

Most states have regulations about the specific procedures to follow. Untrained people should not try to capture any oiled bird cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment or animal. At most U.S. spills, a bird and/or mammal rehabilitation center is set up to care for cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment oiled animals. You can read an overview of this topic at EPA’s Rescuing Wildlife page and find more information at the cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research website and the Oiled Wildlife cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment Care Network website.

The type of oil spilled matters because different types of cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment oil behave differently in the environment, and animals and birds are affected differently by different types cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment of oil. However, it’s not so easy to say which kind is worst. First, we should distinguish between "light" and "heavy" oils. Fuel oils, such as gasoline and diesel fuel, are very "light" oils. Light oils are very volatile (they evaporate relatively quickly), so they usually don’t remain for long in the aquatic or marine environment cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment (typically no longer than a few days). If they spread out on the water, as they do when they are accidentally spilled, they will evaporate relatively quickly.

In contrast, very "heavy" oils (like bunker oils, which are used to fuel ships) look black and may be sticky for a time until cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment they weather sufficiently, but even then they can persist in the environment for cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment months or even years if not removed. While these oils can be very persistent, they are generally significantly less acutely toxic than lighter oils. Instead, the short-term threat from heavy oils comes from their ability to cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment smother organisms whereas over the long-term, some chronic health effects like tumors may result in some cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment organisms.

Also, if heavy oils get onto the feathers of birds, the birds may die of hypothermia (they lose the ability to keep themselves warm). We observe this same effect if sea otters become oiled. After days or weeks, some heavy oils will harden, becoming very similar to an asphalt road surface. In this hardened state, heavy oils will probably not harm animals or plants that cellular fibrous histiocytoma treatment come in contact with them.

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