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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:14 AM
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Some 70,000 turtle eggs to be whisked far from oil
Some 70,000 turtle eggs to be whisked far from oil
By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press


An effort to save thousands of sea turtle hatchlings from dying in the oily Gulf of Mexico will begin in the coming weeks in a desperate attempt to keep an entire generation of threatened species from vanishing.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will coordinate the plan, which calls for collecting about 70,000 turtle eggs in up to 800 nests buried in the sand across Florida Panhandle and Alabama beaches.

It's never been done on such a massive scale. But doing nothing, experts say, could lead to unprecedented deaths. There are fears the turtles would be coated in oil and poisoned by crude-soaked food.
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"This is an extraordinary effort under extraordinary conditions, but if we can save some of the hatchlings, it will be worth it as opposed to losing all of them," said Chuck Underwood of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"We have a much higher degree of certainty that if we do nothing and we allow these turtles to emerge and go into the Gulf and into the oil ... that we could in fact lose most of them, if not all of them," he added. "There's a chance of losing a whole generation."

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Cetacea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:30 AM
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1. meanwhile, the blackout on dolphins continues...
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:36 AM
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2. Yes, because that would really bring this nasty disaster home.
Seeing pods of dolphins thrashing in oil-covered death throes and literally screaming as the horribly toxic crude oil covers their bodies. And that is something that the Petroleum Mafia just doesn't want you to see. Thank goodness BP and the Petroleum Mafia has the United States Coast Guard to run interference for them and keep all those nasty reporters at bay.
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Cetacea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:40 AM
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3. +1 n/t
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:19 AM
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6. ...
:cry:


:mad:

FUCK BP and TONY "SOULLESS EVIL BASTARD" HAYWARD!

:grr:
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:10 AM
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4. I don't know if the word "whisked" is a good use of a term for this headline
concerning turtle eggs.
;) LOL
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whyverne Donating Member (734 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:18 AM
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5. Huevos rancheros, ummm. n/t
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:19 PM
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9. Glad I wasn't the only one to notice that. nt
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:20 PM
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10. Too true!
The entire "turtle eggs to be whisked far from oil" sounds like a line from a recipe. :P
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:24 PM
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12. I was thinking the same thing
*snort*
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:24 AM
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7. K&R. i've been worried about them. thanks for posting
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:17 PM
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8. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, babylonsister. :thumbsup:
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:23 PM
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11. I was thrilled when I read they were doing this
The one small concern I have is they're placing them on Florida's east coast. If they cannot get this disaster of a well under control I worry about the oil being pulled out into the Gulf Stream and ending up on the east coast as well. However, what else could they do? At least they're working so hard to give the little fellows a fighting chance.
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