Shortly after midnight on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez struck Blight Reef in pristine Prince William Sound, Ala., spilling about 10 million gallons of oil into the surrounding aquatic ecosystem. In the days that followed the spill, wildlife died by the thousands. Seabirds, eagles, seals, otters and other marine species ultimately perished in the resulting sludge.
Twenty-five years later, three members of International Bird Rescue‘s emergency response team look back on their experiences of the oil spill that changed everything. The video is a little hard to watch, but it is important because it shows how this spill fundamentally changed how oil spills are responded to in the United States.
Video and Photo Credit: International Bird Rescue on Vimeo