California Oil Spill Wrecks Coastal Wildlife: Photos
An oil pipeline near Santa Barbara, Calif., leaks more than 100,000 gallons of oil with tens of thousands ending up in the ocean.
A dolphin swims off the Refugio State Beach, near Santa Barbara, where an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from an underground pipeline and spilled into the ocean. Dolphin deaths have recently been linked to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A small crab covered in oil is seen crawling along the shoreline. The Santa Barbara coast is home to dense kelp forests, marine mammals, and tremendous marine biodiversity.
Workers in hazmat suits clean up crude oil, the day after the oil spill. News organizations' vans and reporters covering the spill can be seen in the background.
A man shows off his shoes covered in oil as he walks the shoreline of Refugio State Beach taking photos of the oil spill.
Clean-up workers remove a dead octopus during clean-up efforts. Crews in white protective suits swept oily sand into plastic bags.
Oil is seen in the water along the Goleta, Calif., coastline. The U.S. Coast Guard is still trying to assess exactly how much oil has leaked from a ruptured pipeline in southern California into the Pacific.