The toxins from the oil, as well as the chemical dispersants used in breaking up the oil, will eventually fade to background levels in the ocean given time. However, the greater concern, is the long-term effects of the two substances on marine life. Toxins work their way up the food chain in a process called biomagnification, where animals at the top of the food chain have high levels of toxins. Oil is especially toxic and harmful to living creatures. And guess who’s at the top of the food chain? We are! Since we rely on the ocean heavily for food and oxygen (phytoplankton produces 60% of the air we breathe,) we better start taking care of of the marine environment, now.
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