ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It's been almost 25 years since the Exxon Valdez (val-DEEZ') oil spill in Alaska.

On March 24, 1989, the 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck a reef.

Within hours, it unleashed an estimated 10.8 million gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the water, polluting the coastline of Prince William Sound. Robert Spies, a chief science adviser to governments on the oil spill restoration program from 1989 to 2002.

But some wildlife, as well as the people who live in the region, are still struggling.