June 25, 2010

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Rare creature.From Florida Today

While researchers scoop up endangered sea turtles coated in oil in the Gulf, a scientist warns that this summer’s fragile turtle hatchings could choke on tiny tar balls as they feed off the Space Coast.

Blair Witherington of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in Melbourne returned recently from working with a federal and multistate team to rescue turtles. They captured 64, mostly a species called Kemp’s Ridley, which is among the rarest in Florida.

Back on the Atlantic side, the worry is more about loggerheads that nest here in some of the highest numbers in the world.

As the eggs hatch in the coming weeks, the baby turtles must head immediately to sea, where they swim as many as 25 miles to feed on Sargassum seaweed along the Gulf Stream. If oil and tar foul that algae off Brevard’s coast, turtles could mistake the toxic bits for their favorite food.

Or petroleum could poison and kill that food before the hatchlings reach it.

For the full article click here.
Image: A rescuer holds an endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, during a sea turtle rescue. Biologists found 64 sea turtles, most of them Kemp’s Ridleys, during a series of rescues in late May and early June. (For FLORIDA TODAY)

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    the hurricanes are coming soon in the Gulf and, when they'll come, the (already bad) containment cap MUST be unplugged from the wellhead since the ship that collects the oil can remain there with an hurricane, so, the oil will flow from the well at 100,000 barrels per day!!!!!
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    “BP Spill Ops To Evacuate 5 Days Before Storm-Force Winds”
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    http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100625-712697.html
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    5 days to unplug the containment cap and evacuate the storm site, a couple of day for the storm, another couple of days to come back on site and one day to replug the containment cap = 1,000,000 more barrels of oil freely spilled in the ocean… and this is only the FIRST storm, and not the worst…
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    WHAT are they waiting to listen those who have the RIGHT IDEAS AND SOLUTION to STOP the oil spill QUICKLY to SAVE the sea and shores nature and wildlife BEFORE they'll be submerged by over 250,000,000 more gallons of oil, in the next TWO months (if lucky) ???????????
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    http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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