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The BP Oil Spill Photos You Weren't Supposed to See

1% May 7, 2012 3:32 AM
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The BP Oil Spill Photos You Weren't Supposed to See

It's been two years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster unleashed 4.9 million barrels of oil on the Gulf of Mexico. In the midst of the spill, BP and its contractors did everything they could to keep people from seeing its scale. But new photos released Monday offer some new insight to just how bad it was for sea life.

The images were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act Request that Greenpeace filed back in August 2010. Now, nearly two years later, they received a response from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that included more than 100 photos from the spill, including many of critically endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles dead and covered in oil.

They're pretty shocking—which is probably why they weren't made public at the height of the spill. Click here to see some of the photos that have been kept under wraps. [READ MORE]