Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sea Turtles Recovering After Gulf Rescue

More than one hundred sea turtles are on the road to recovery after having been rescued from the devastation in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans, Louisiana is caring for the sea turtles that include four Kemp's Ridley turtles that were completely covered in oil.  Employees of the Aquarium meticulously cleaned the turtles, gave them antibiotics and fluids so the endangered reptiles could start working their way back to perfect health.

Visitors to the Audubon Aquarium can see the turtles.  The reptiles will be living in their new, clean homes until the Gulf is perfectly safe for them to return to.

We are three months into this oil spill.   Between April 30, 2010 and June 28, 2010 a total of 583 sea turtles were stranded in the spill.  Four hundred and thirty two of those turtles were found dead.  An additional four died after being rescued.  A grand total of 136 sea turtles have been rescued and sent to various rehabilitation centers.  The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is currently working on removing some 70,000 sea turtle eggs from beaches that are at-risk from the oil.

For more information and to see a video of the turtles see this article.  Check out "Little Dude".  He's a shy one!  They all look pretty happy and feisty in their new home, don't they?

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