23 Jan '12, 3pm

Capsized cruise ship could ruin pristine marine park

The reef-stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia managed to crash itself in one of the most pristine marine areas in the Mediterranean. Of course. And as the ship lists dangerously, threatening to fall further into the ocean and spill tons of oil, endangered species and other marine life are at risk. The ship has 2,400 tons of oil on board; the BBC reports that it includes both light diesel oil and “clumpy and clingy” heavy fuel oil that’s trickier to clean up. The ship crashed off the island of Giglio, part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, which includes famous island like Elba and Montecristo. The area’s kept so clean that visitors to Montecristo aren’t even allowed to swim or fish near the island’s coast. Dolphins hang out here, as do fish (and fishermen who make their livelihood off Italy’s seafood). Endangered Mediterranean monk seals have also been spotted in th...

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