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Consequences of Oil Spills in the Sea Oil will usually break up and be dissipated into the aquatic environment

ent over time due to weathering. Some processes, such as the evaporation or formation of water in oil emulsions, cause the oil that is left on the surface to become more sticky and persistent. Each oil spill has different impacts on sea life and bird life depending on many factors, including the type of oil spilled, the location of the spill, the timing of breeding cycles and seasonal migrations, and the weather at the time of the spill. Some fish are attracted to oil because it looks like floating food; sea birds, in turn, are attracted to the fish and dive through the oil slicks. Seals and dolphins often swim or feed near an oil spill in the area. Oil affects marine animals and birds by coating their bodies with a thick layer, which destroys the insulation and waterproofing properties of birds' feathers, thus causes hypothermia in birds allows birds to become easy prey due to a lack of mobility when covered with oil causes birds to lose body weight due to dehydration and starvation

When oil is ingested by wildlife, it causes the poisoning of wildlife higher up the food chain, causing much internal damage and interference to breeding patterns.