Lumber Spill in Central California Waters: Implications for Oil Spills and Sea Otters

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Science  19 Mar 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4539, pp. 1503-1505
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4539.1503


A large quantity of lumber was spilled in the ocean off central California during the winter of 1978, and it spread through most of the range of the threatened California sea otter population within 4 weeks. The movement rates of lumber were similar to those of oil slicks observed elsewhere. These observations indicate that a major oil spill could expose significant numbers of California sea otters to oil contamination.