Gulf Oil Again Imperils Sea Turtle

It is nesting season here, and just offshore, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle No. 15 circles in the water before dragging herself onto the sand to lay another clutch of eggs.

The sea turtle, affectionately nicknamed Thelma by a National Park Service employee, has already beaten some terrible odds. Still in the egg, she was airlifted here from Mexico in the years after the 1979 blowout of the Ixtoc 1 rig, which spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and covered the turtles’ primary nesting place.

Read full story HERE.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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One Response to Gulf Oil Again Imperils Sea Turtle

  1. Luigi Fulk says:

    Great site!Thanks for sharing this.I am glad to know this information.

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