Oil Spill off Pakistan’s Coast Threatens Marine Life

Hundreds of dead turtles and fish are washing ashore near Pakistan’s port city of Karachi — victims of an oil spill emanating from a Greek tanker that ran aground nearby late last month. A massive oil slick from the ship has hit the shore, despite workers’ efforts to contain the spill. The tanker, which was carrying more than 67,000 tons of crude oil, is splitting down the middle and could soon break in two; authorities today abandoned efforts to save the vessel, fearing that it could explode. Environmental experts warned that the disaster could be devastating for the area’s marine life and the people who depend on it for food and livelihoods.