the lightning whelk is the state shell of Texas:
"The carcasses of more than 35,000 birds and 1,000 sea otters were found at the 1989 Exxon Valdez site, according to its Trustee Council website, which estimated that the actual toll was "250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300 harbor seals, 250 bald eagles, up to 22 killer whales, and billions of salmon and herring eggs."
to date (56 days) this spill is roughly 7 times greater
and we're looking at another 3 months until the relief wells are done
... we're only 1/3 of the way through this thing.