Cat Island was once one of the four largest bird-nesting grounds in Louisiana. But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed the mangroves growing there, destroying the root system that held the island’s sediment in place. Since 2010, the 5.5 acre island has been washing away into the Gulf of Mexico, and migratory birds find their home disappearing before their eyes.
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Is the Gulf oil spill’s damage over, or still unfolding? Read more:
VIDEOGRAPHER AND PRODUCER: Fritz Faerber
PHOTOGRAPHY AND ADDITIONAL VIDEO: P.J. Hahn
SENIOR PRODUCER: Jeff Hertrick
ADDITIONAL VIDEO: U.S. Coast Guard, National Wildlife Federation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
EDITOR: Kathryn Carlson
The Gulf Oil Spill Disintegrated This Island | National Geographic