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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies prepares to help animal oil slick victims

While the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is certainly dangerous for humans, marine life is currently in jeopardy as well. Experts estimate that some animals may be affected by the disaster for up to 30 years.

One organization in Mississippi is preparing to help out sea creatures as the slick comes closer to their area. According to, the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is gearing up for animal rescue efforts by providing training sessions and information for staff and volunteers.

"I grew up here, and after I retired, I moved back. Anything I can do to keep it in the best condition possible, I'll do," Gerry Carroll, a retired auditor, told the news source.

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is home to eight surgery rooms and dozens of X-Ray and ultrasound machines for animals.

"It's a premier facility," Moby Solangi, president and executive director of the institute, told the news outlet.

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, over 400 animal species may be affected by the oil spill.ADNFCR-2796-ID-19755788-ADNFCR
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