While we witness the Gulf oil disaster, and watch the various entities battle it out- big oil/jobs/environment & who is responsible, the ones that don't have a voice are the wildlife.
i feel like Dr. Seuss's Lorax, when I ask the question~ who speaks for the Turtles?
All 7 species of marine turtles are listed under the Endangered species act.
To date, 147 Sea Turtles have been collected live, and sent to rehab, 101 of them found "on-water" adrift & distressed at sea.
436 Sea Turtles have been collected dead.
Refuges at Risk
There are 36 National Wildlife Refuges at risk from the BP Oil Spill. These precious national resources are home to dozens of threatened and endangered species, including West Indian manatees, whooping cranes, Mississippi sandhill cranes, wood storks and four species of sea turtles.
Sea turtles, air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers, are well adapted to life in the marine environment. They inhabit tropical and subtropical ocean waters throughout the world. Of the seven species of sea turtles, six are found in U.S. waters: green, hawksbill, Kemp's ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and olive ridley.
Although sea turtles live most of their lives in the ocean, adult females must return to beaches on land to lay their eggs. They often migrate long distances between foraging grounds and nesting beaches.
Adult Kemp's ridleys, considered the smallest marine turtle in the world, weigh on average around 100 pounds (45 kg) with a carapace (top shell) measuring between 24-28 inches (60-70 cm) in length. The almost circular carapace has a grayish green color while the plastron (bottom shell) is pale yellowish to cream in color. Each of the front flippers has one claw while the back flippers may have one or two.
Status of Marine Turtles
All 7 species of marine turtles are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); 6 of those species fall under the jurisdiction of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources. Green turtles and olive ridley turtles have breeding populations that were listed separately under the ESA, and therefore, have more than one ESA status.
(E = "endangered"; T = "threatened"; P = "proposed")
Photo: Douglas Shea
Photo: Michelle T. Scharer
Kemp's Ridley Turtle
Photo: Kim Bassos-Hull,
Mote Marine Laboratory
Photo: Scott R. Benson, NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Photo: Marco Giuliano/ Fondazione Cetacea
Olive ridley turtle
Photo: Michael P. Jensen
Info from the NOAA website