The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, when Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California, struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef at 00:04 local time and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 barrels of crude oil over the next few days. It is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters. The Valdez spill was the largest ever in US waters until the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in terms of volume released.However, Prince William Sound's remote location, accessible only by helicopter, plane, or boat, made government and industry response efforts difficult and severely taxed existing plans for response. The region is a habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds. The oil, originally extracted at the Prudhoe Bay oil field, eventually covered 1,300 miles of coastline, and 11,000 square miles of ocean.
Ironically enough, that is the same year that the Little Mermaid was released. The 28th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, The Little Mermaid was released to theaters on November 14, 1989 just months after the tragic environmental disaster, the film garnered $84 million at the box office during its initial release, and $211 million in total lifetime gross.
Did we learn our lesson? Is life the bubbles under the sea?