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Tomas Maldonado, center, and Gilberto Reyes, throw shrimp nets off the quiet docks in Grand Isle, La., as a loaded shrimp boat covered with birds pulls into port. They have been working on the oil spill cleanup for 9 months and are happy to eat the shrimp, which the government says is safe. Last year in May, the same docks were used as a command center for disaster efforts.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A shrimp boat returns to Grand Isle, Louisiana covered with birds hoping to get a bit of the catch. Last May, all shrimp boats were being used to help in the cleanup effort.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A shrimp caught off the docks at Grand Isle measures over three inches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A year after Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it remains unclear what the long-term effect will be on wildlife in the area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Dolphins swim in Barataria Bay, off Grand Isle, La. Scientists are unsure about the spill's long-term effect on the dolphin population. A large number of dead dolphins washed ashore in February, many of them premature babies. Test results have not been announced.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Shawn Prychitko takes part in a monthly full moon dance and drum circle at the beach at Henderson Point, Pass Christian, Miss.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A bird looks for food in a pond in Venice, La.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Brown pelicans are beginning to nest on Cat Island, one of the rookeries that was hit hardest by the oil spill. There was major damage to the shoreline, and fewer birds have returned this year to nest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Laughing gulls and other birds line up facing the wind on a pier in Grand Isle.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Mandy Tumlin, left, and Carrie Sinclair conduct photo identification of bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, La. They photograph and record the dolphins' fins, which are as individual as human fingerprints. This is part of a larger study to identify the dolphin population in the Gulf of Mexico. Carrie Sinclair is a fisheries biologist with NOAA, while Mandy Tumlin, is a marine mammal and sea turtle standing coordinator for Louisiana Fisheries and Wildlife.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Melanie Ellison and her husband, Kenneth, of Dothan, Ala., have been coming to Bon Secour National Seashore for many years. "It looks great. It's amazing," says Melanie.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Kimberly Pennell, 3, is back at the beach in Long Beach, Miss., one year after the oil spill. Her parents didn't bring their children last year, but felt it was now safe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

At Grand Isle State Beach, the beaches remain closed to the public almost one year after the oil spill began.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

On an early morning walk, Kristina Zarelli of Seattle takes a picture of a dead sea turtle, one of five found this week on the beaches of Waveland, Miss. The turtles are often sprayed with orange paint and left to decompose on the beaches after they are documented and sprayed with orange paint. This turtle was over a foot wide and long.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Cleanup crews continue to monitor the beaches along Grand Isle. They are a line of defense against any tar balls that wash ashore -- which continues to happen.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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