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Cruiseliner crash has implications on whales, sharks

As divers search for the 29 people who are still missing after the Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized Friday night off the coast of Italy, marine conservationists are concerned about the impact on the resident animals.

The Associated Press reports that officials say there is a "glimmer of hope" that survivors from the shipwreck could still be found. However, Greenpeace is now raising concerns over the way the cruiseliner's hundreds of tons of fuel oil may threaten marine life, CNN reports.

Birds, whales, dolphins and sharks that reside in the Mediterranean waters off the Italian coast may be the subject of a "serious disaster" if officials do not recover the oil, which is reportedly submerged off the coast of the island of Giglio. This island is of particular concern because it lies withyin the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals, the news source reports.

"Fuel oil is much worse than diesel. It's sticky, very heavy," Greenpeace Pelagos expert Alessandro Gianni told the news outlet. "They must ensure they clean the tanks as fast as possible and then remove the shipwreck."

He added that if the waters get polluted, it could have a significant impact on whale migration. 
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