Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010
Posted on Tue, Jun. 08, 2010
Two young sea turtles treated for oil contamination
By KAREN NELSON
GULFPORT — Two young sea turtles pulled from Alabama waters, covered with oil, have been cleaned and were recovering in
The yearling sea turtles, each about six inches long, were found last week when that state was wrestling with oil threatening its shorelines.
They are the first sea turtles treated in
The little Loggerhead was pulled from
They also had oil in their mouths, so experts are watching them eat and treating them for possible ingestion of oil, said Meghan Broadway, spokeswoman for the Institute for Marine Mammals Studies. The institute’s sea turtle rehabilitation program is the nearest one to
Workers washed the oil off both turtles. On Tuesday the Loggerhead was eating, was active and was considered in good condition; the Hawksbill was active, but still not eating. It is considered in guarded condition.
The young turtles are in little pools, where they can be monitored.
Also this week five of the Kemp’s Ridley turtles the institute has been treating since the BP spill began in late April were released in
Delphine Vanderpool, an expert at the institute, said the two new turtles have mesmerized the staff.
“They’re very cute,” Vanderpool said, and considerably smaller than what the institute is used to. It usually deals with Kemp’s Ridleys, which are two to three times larger.
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