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Sea Turtles – very bad news from the BP drilling disaster

(Carolyn Cole/LA Times/June 14, 2010) – Blair Witherington, a research scientist with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, helps the rescue effort.Two very disturbing reports about the BP drilling disaster’s affects on Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were published recently1. The offshore oil slick and Gulf of Mexico currents mix to create a deadly combination.”Young …

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Sea turtle update – track a Ridley from your computer

Kemp’s Ridley hatchling courtesy of Sea Turtle Inc.Once there were tens of thousands of adult Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. As unbelievable as it sounds, there is a 1947 film that shows an estimated 42,000 nesting on one Mexican beach in a single day!Ridley’s are now the most endangered sea turtle …

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Sperm Whales, Oil, & the Gulf of Mexico

A native population of about 1400 endangered sperm whales live in the Gulf of Mexico year-round. They range from the Florida panhandle to Texas, swimming along the edge of the continental shelf. According to National Geographic, the BP drilling disaster may seriously endanger the long-term survival of this native group.Whales, like dolphins use sounds to …

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