It’s a near catastrophic event when marine life are affected by an oil spill. Both mineral and synthetic oils are harmful to the marine environment because they can coat marine animals with the sticky oil substance, hindering their movement and respiration, and also an oil spill blocks sunlight from entering the water, and can harm photosynthetic life like plants and algae. When an oil spill occurs, it can take weeks or even months of effort to remove the oil from the water, and years to repair the damage to marine life that results from an oil spill. Bulk motor oil spills are particularly dangerous, though small oil spills have the same effect on a smaller scale.
Whether you’re driving a twenty foot watercraft or a commercial supertanker, taking precautions to prevent oil leakage from both the engine or in some cases the cargo will prevent significant damage to aquatic life.