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Cleanup Continues In Santa Barbara After Oil Spill

Michael A. Mariant / AP

Clean up workers place shovels of oil-laden sand in bags while a larger group of workers begin clean up operations at Refugio State Beach, site of an oil spill, north of Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Michael A. Mariant / AP

Dozens of groups and agencies have been mobilized to clean up the coastal waters near Santa Barbara contaminated by an oil spill on May 19. 

The crude oil leaking from the Plains All American Pipeline has killed 18 birds and 10 mammals. But, 39 oiled birds and 22 oiled mammals have been rescued. 

"It is an art as much as it is a science," he says. "So, we are looking at a two week intensive effort for oiled birds and even longer for marine mammals."  

Officials warn visitors not to pick up oiled wildlife because capturing the animals safely requires special tools and training.

The spill released about 21,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean, according to the oil company.