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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 10:31 AM
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Turtle deaths running high since oil spill
Source: DawnMedia

Turtle deaths running high since oil spill

Tuesday, 18 May, 201

NEW ORLEANS: At least 150 sea turtles have washed up dead or dying along the U.S. Gulf Coast since the giant oil spill off Louisiana, a higher number than normal for this time of year, a leading wildlife expert said on Monday.

The toll among sea turtles has been steadily rising since the deep-sea well ruptured last month, and the stranding count began to reach an unusually high level in the past week, said Dr. Michael Ziccardi, a veterinarian overseeing some of the area's wildlife rescue teams.

Several days ago, when the number of dead turtles stood at just over 100, federal wildlife officials said that was still considered typical for the season.

Wildlife officials are especially concerned for the well-being of sea turtles in the Gulf following the spill because all five species native to the region are endangered, and they are just heading into their spring nesting season.

This is a time of year when dead or debilitated turtles would normally begin to show up with greater frequency, but the 156 found since April 30 along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are in higher numbers than you would expect, Ziccardi said.

Read more: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-librar...
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 10:34 AM
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1. God Damn those bastards


:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 10:36 AM
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2. I hate these motherf#ckers.n/t
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 11:02 AM
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3. That's the truly awful part of all of this.
We deserve to kill ourselves with all the damage we have done. But all of those creatures that live in the oceans are the ones who will pay and pay and pay. And they have never done anything to anyone.

How do you ever put a pricetag on those lives lost for no good, goddamn reason except greed and more greed.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 11:15 AM
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4. delete
Edited on Tue May-18-10 11:24 AM by G_j
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 12:42 PM
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5. A few years ago for Mother's Day, Marta adopted a clutch of endangered sea turtles in Texas

I hope all those turtles can survive this. K&R!


http://animals.howstuffworks.com/reptiles/turtle-info7....




I know that you're concerned about how the blowout of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig is affecting the fragile ecology of the Gulf of Mexico.

That's why I'm writing to invite you to join us next Thursday, May 20 an noon Pacific Time for our first members' Conservation Conference Call to learn:
- The Sea Turtle Restoration Project's plans to provide greater protections for sea turtles and other marine wildlife in the Gulf
- What is happening to the Gulf's sea turtles, dolphins and other species.
- Actions being taken to rescue and rehabilitate marine wildlife
- Our upcoming trip to Houston to address the threat of Big Oil Companies to sea turtles and a host of species around the globe
- How YOU can take action to provide real protections for sea turtles and other species in the Gulf

To learn more and register for this free, informational conference call for STRP members and activists, click here: https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1723/p/salsa/even...



Speakers on the call will be:

STRP Program Director Teri Shore, who leads STRP's campaigns to protect sea turtles, as well as our Got Mercury Campaign.

STRP Gulf Office director Carole Allen - Based in Houston, TX, Carole has directed STRP's Gulf Office since 2002 and worked as a volunteer for Kemp's Ridley protection since 1982.

STRP Campaigner Chris Pincetich, PhD in toxicology who has focused on the effects of pollution on marine wildlife for more than 10 years.

Callers will have the opportunity to ask STRP staff questions after the presentations.

To register and receive details on how to participate, click here: https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1723/p/salsa/even...

If you are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, please Save the Date for two exciting events with two activists visiting from Australia to defend wild and sacred areas of Australia from big oil. Join us in the Bay Area on June 1 and 2 to hear about the area in danger learn about STRP's plans to protect sea turtles and their habitat from a new Chevron development there. Click here for all the details on these and other upcoming events: http://seaturtles.org/article.php?list=type&type=73 Thank you for your support for the sea turtles!

For the oceans,

Erica

Erica Heimberg



Sea Turtle Restoration Project Email News and Updates
PO Box 370, Forest Knolls, CA 94933 USA


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tosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 01:28 PM
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6. I witnessed a turtle nest "hatching" for the first time last August.
Loggerheads. It was amazing. These babies go out to face incredible odds to survive - 1 in 1000 are believed to survive under normal circumstances. Now... :cry:
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 05:47 PM
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7. Marta was so upset by the title that she wouldn't read the story

At one time when our kids were young, we had a huge tank with over 20 turtles. That was about 1984-87.

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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 08:56 PM
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8. Omaha Steve
I love these beautiful animals also. I am so sorry to feel the need to post sad information like this. It has not been determined yet the cause of the deaths, but
I feel everyone needs to be so outraged that we make sure these people are held accountable and that this NEVER happens again! If we don't use this tragedy to change the paradigm, then we have really lost.

blessings, G_j
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 05:56 AM
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10. I agree this needs to be posted

I just wish this post was getting more attention. I didn't tell her about the story last week where an endangered turtle was tortured and then killed. I read in on the DU or I wouldn't have known about it.

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Devil_Fish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 09:01 PM
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9. Yes, it is undetermined if their deaths have anything to do with the oil spill.
much the same way that it is un-determined if a man who was shot in the chest died from a heart attack, old age, or maby just maby the bullit.
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