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  Second oil slick threatens Spanish coast
Updated 20 November 2002, 20.46
The Prestige Tanker
The Spanish coast faces a fresh threat with wind threatening to blow a new slick towards land.

More oil has collected on the surface of the sea where the Prestige tanker split in two and sank, and it could be headed for the coast.

  Click here to see how animals are affected

Weather experts reckon that the wind conditions in the next few days are likely to push the slick towards Portugal.

Bird covered in oil
The oil's deadly for wildlife
Clean up boats are trying to get to the scene but the weather is making waves so big that it is difficult to get near the site.

More than 80 kilometres (50 miles) of Galicia's coastline in Spain have already been blackened by oil since the Prestige was damaged and began losing its cargo during a storm last Wednesday.

  Click here for Lizo's eyewitness report of the oil spill

Ecologists, soldiers and volunteers are working to rescue tar-coated sea birds and clear the sticky sludge.

The Prestige was carrying 77,000 tons of oil and most of it is still on the tanker at the bottom of the sea.

Because temperatures are so cold on the bottom of the sea it's hoped that the oil will take longer to seep out and may even become solid.

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