Endangered turtles face extinction due to the oil spill

July 27th, 2010 - 8:02 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

July 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Five species of endangered turtles face extinction because they are only found in the shallow coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico.

Due to their exposure to oil and dispersants since the BP oil spill, the creatures are feared to be in danger of extinction.

Other creatures that might be affected by the spill include the yellow fin and blue fin tunas, white and pink shrimps, amberjack and cobia. Other creatures like Spanish and king mackerels as well as dolphins are also being affected by the devastating spill.

Scientists say this period of the year is the nesting season for the turtles and they fear the young ones are most vulnerable to the impact of the disaster.

Since April 30th, United States authorities say they have documented about 162 sea turtle strandings between the Texas-Louisiana borders through to the Florida beaches. Officials say the figure is up as compared to the 2005 to 2009 figures and they say most of the strandings recorded this year are dead turtles.

Officials say the stranding rate is especially high in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, which are the three coasts that have been affected most during the spill.

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