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Gulf Oil Spill Preoccupies World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day was designed to celebrate the contributions of the seas. Instead, on that day, experts found themselves examining the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Céline Simone Cousteau, granddaughter of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, noted that the 100th anniversary of her grandfather's birth had occurred a few days before World Oceans Day. "He encountered many challenges when he sailing the seven seas," Cousteau said. "I wonder what he would say today about this Gulf oil spill.

"I quote him: 'All human undertakings are fallible.' He could not have been more right when we think about what we are now experiencing in the Gulf," she added. (See video for her full comments)

She was joined by two scientists from the effected region. Thomas Shirley, who holds the Endowed Chair for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and who is professor at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, said the spill is affecting marine life in directly physical, toxic and indirect ways.

Robert Twilley, professor of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at the Assoc. Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development at Louisiana State University said changes in the Gulf coast ecology had robbed it of natural barriers to fight the spill. He called for comprehensive program to remedy this.

For full video coverage of the expert commentary, click here.