Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn lifts an oil-covered pelican, which was stuck in oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, just off the Gulf of Mexico, in early June. Gerald Herbert/AP Photo hide caption

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Oil-soaked booms sit on top of a marsh in Barataria Bay. Brian Naylor/NPR hide caption

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A shrimp-trawler gets a high-powered spray wash after spending a day skimming oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard has set up dozens of offshore decontamination stations like this one south of Mobile Bay. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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At a warehouse turned bird bathhouse in Venice, La., dozens of bottles of Dawn stand like soldiers behind a row of deep sinks. Elizabeth Shogren/NPR hide caption

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Japanese whalers haul in a Baird's beaked whale off the coast of Wada, southeast of Tokyo, in this June 2009 photo. Shuji Kajiyama/AP hide caption

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An oiled white ibis lands on an island in Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana June 8. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Churro sheep are smaller than most breeds and have a long, wavy lustrous fleece that is valued by Navajo weavers. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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