Young YOU: The environmental impact of the Mauritius oil spill

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An oil spill off the coast of Mauritius will have serious environmental impact. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
An oil spill off the coast of Mauritius will have serious environmental impact. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

A huge oil spill near a lagoon off the south-eastern coast of Mauritius spells deep trouble for the environment.  

A Japanese ship ran aground here in July and started leaking oil, turning the usually turquoise ocean black.  

Experts estimate between 800 and 1 200 tonnes of fuel spilt into the sea in an area close to two protected marine ecosystems and a marine nature reserve.  

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