Endangered turtles oil spill released in Gulf. Hundreds of endangered sea turtles were released into the Gulf of Mexico despite the oil spill. The oil spill is 400 miles away in the Gulf, and there’s a slim chance that the endangered turles will survive.
Federal biologists in Texas released the Kemp’s ridley turtle hatchlings this morning. Around 165 turtles between the ages of 1 to 4 days old were released in front of the public. Around 1,000 were freed throughout the night.
In June the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service decided to send thousands of hatchlings into the water since Texas hasn’t been hard hit by the BP oil spill. Of course, this has stirred up controversy among some scientists, environmentalists and turtle lovers. Some feel that the turtles should have been held until the water were cleaned up.
“One of our first thoughts when we heard about the spill in April, was ‘What about the sea turtle nests?’ stated Patricia Behnke, a spokeswoman for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is even doing its part in the sea turtle rescue efforts. Space center workers have released 22 young Kemp’s ridley sea turtles raised from eggs in a nest that was rescued last month from the oiled beaches of Walton County, Fla. The nest was packed in a Styrofoam box with sand and transported by FedEx truck to a secure, climate-controlled facility at the space center near Cape Canaveral.