cleaning turtle oil spill

As most of you already know, any large oil spill is an environmental disaster.. The impact it has on all animals, especially on endangered sea turtles, are dramatic.

Here’s a video of oil spill victim sea turtles being cleaned… You’ll have to click the link to view it.

And, courtsey of Turtlefeed, comes news that BP is burning endangered sea turtles alive:

Mike Ellis is a boat captain who’s been rescuing the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles near Deepwater Horizon. He’s got some pretty horrifying news to share: BP is burning turtles caught in the oil spill and turning away rescue workers who want to save them.

The Raw Story also has an article on BP burning sea turtles alive, right here: BP ‘burning sea turtles alive’.

Kemp’s Ridleys are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Harming or killing one “carries stiff fines and civil penalties ($500-$25,000) assessed for each violation. Criminal penalties include possible prison time and fines from $25,000-$50,000.”

Could you believe that BP is blocking access to rescuing turtles and is incinerating sea turtles caught in the oil…

For more information on the so-called burn boxes that are burning these endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, see this article Death by fire in the gulf from the LA Times.

(Again from TurtleFeed) Here are some Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Resources from the Audubon Nature Institute.

Here are some flickr photos of Kemp’s Ridleys sea turtle oil cleaning by the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program (LMMSTRP), which is coordinated by the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.