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An oil spill is exuding down the coast of Southern California after a pipeline dripped 126,000 gallons of crude into the Pacific Ocean.Photos from the coasts of Orange County show slicks of oil blanketing ocean waters and thick layers of tar cleaning up on beaches.< img src ="//' viewBox= oil pond on beach ‘0 0 1 1’% 3E %3C/svg% 3E” alt=” oil pond on beach”/ >< img src=""/ > Oil cleans up on Huntington Beach, California, October

3, 2021. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Image The leakage wasfirst reported on Saturday morning when a pipeline, owned by the business Amplify Energy, breached about 5 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach.The overall spill

covers about 13 square miles. Officials have actually closed

some of Southern California’s most popular beaches in the towns of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Huntington Beach– a neighborhood that bears the nickname” Browse City.”< img src ="//' lifeguards post warning signs about oil spill on beaches viewBox=’ 0 0 1 1’% 3E %3C/svg %3E” alt=” lifeguards publish alerting signs about oil spill on beaches”/ >< img src=" "/ > Lifeguards prepare to publish signs cautioning that water contact might cause health problem, as they close the beach after an oil spill in Huntington Beach, October 3, 2021. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Picture

Authorities are examining the possibility that a freight ship’s anchor triggered the pipeline to burst.

” These ships are anchored and numerous are waiting for entry into the San Pedro Bay Port complex the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. And in the course of transit it is possible that they would transit over pipeline,” US Coast Guard Captain Rebecca Ore said in a press conference Monday, according to CNN.

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of Huntington Beach, California, October 3, 2021. Gene Blevins/Reuters Officials anticipate the oil to keep washing ashore for several days, according to the Los Angeles Times. Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr stated beach closures could recently or months, The Associated Press reported.

” In a year that has actually been filled with incredibly challenging problems, this oil spill constitutes among the most devastating circumstances that our community has actually handled in years,” Carr said, according to the AP. “We are doing everything in our power to safeguard the health and wellness of our locals, our visitors, and our natural habitats.”

Oil spills are also ecological disasters and this one is no exception. It often takes days or weeks to identify the degree of a spill’s effect on wildlife. Pictures of the area reveal fish and seabirds moving through multicolored oil slicks.

white seabird balances on boom barrier near oil slick < img src="//' viewBox =' 0 0 1 1'% 3E% 3C/svg% 3E" alt= "white seabird balances on boom barrier near oil slick"/ > A bird balances on a boom, a temporary floating barrier to consist of oil which leaked into Talbert

Marsh in Huntington Beach, California, October 3, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed fisheries along six miles of shoreline, as it’s unsafe to eat fish polluted with crude oil.Michael Ziccardi

, a veterinarian and director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, stated in a press conference on Monday that four oil-covered birds had actually been discovered up until now. One, a pelican, had to be euthanized due to the degree of its injuries.

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, October 4, 2021. Ringo H.W. Chiu/Ap Picture” It’s far better than we had actually feared, “he stated, including that he’s” carefully optimistic” given that it’s still early in clean-up efforts, according to the AP.The oil spill has actually alarmed several environmentally sensitive areas, including the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and the Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach. These wetlands act as stopping points for migratory birds.As of Monday, clean-up teams released booms and skimmers to include the spill and attempt to prevent oil from more intruding on Talbert Marsh.< img src ="//' viewBox floating barriers hold back oil spill creeping into wetlands =’ 0 0 1 1′ % 3E % 3C/svg % 3E” alt=”drifting barriers hold back oil spill creeping into wetlands”/ > < img src=""/ > An aerial photo shows floating barriers called booms to try to stop further incursion into the Wetlands Talbert Marsh, October 4, 2021. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Image