Thursday, August 19, 2010

Loggerhead Sea Turtles Struggle to Survive

Although efforts to save sea turtles from the oil spill continues, many turtles are continuing the struggle to survive after the oil spill.

Last week, National Wildlife Federation reported that wildlife impacts have gotten significantly worse since the BP oil gusher was capped, especially for sea turtles. According to NWF’s Doug Inkley, the number of sea turtles found stranded on Gulf beaches this year is six times the number reported in previous years.

Yet, even before the BP oil spill disaster, sea turtles in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico were at risk from loss of nesting habitat, degradation of their marine habitats, and entanglement in fishing gear.

“Sea turtles have been struggling for survival for decades,” said NWF’s Doug Inkley. “Now, since the oil spill, we have seen a bad situation get worse.”

Read more at the NWF.


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