DEAD animals are washing up with fish and dolphins trapped as 126k gallons of oil is flowing onto Huntington Beach off the coast of southern California.
The oil spill is already affecting wildlife, with dead birds and fish washing up on the beaches, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley tweeted on Sunday.
She described the damage to the Talbert Wetlands as "significant."
Newport Beach Mayor Brad Avery reported to Foley that he saw dolphins swimming through the slick oil plumes as he headed back to shore from Catalina, she also wrote.
The leak was about four and a half miles off shore and is thought to be about 3,000 barrels of oil or 126,000 gallons, says Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr.
The US Coast Guard was notified of the spill in California around 9am on Saturday and by early Sunday morning, the oil had reached the shore.
It entered the Talbert Marshlands and the Santa Ana River Trail, fanning out over an area of about 5.8 miles, the city of Huntington Beach announced in a press release Sunday morning.
Marine animals will be taken to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, where they will be triaged and later sent to Sea World San Diego for rehabilitation, animal rescuers told ABC News.
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