Gulf Oil Spill: Sea Life Rescues Blocked by BP
The gulf oil spill is threatening fishermen, fish, birds and marine mammals animals of all kinds. As both the slick on the surface and the plumes deep underwater spread across the Gulf of Mexico, and the duration of the spill extends from days into weeks into months, incredible numbers of sea life are put at risk of extinction. All five species of sea turtles that live out some portion of their lives in the Gulf are endangered or threatened species. There are only seven species of sea turtle worldwide, making the Gulf’s habitat critically important for the continued life of the world’s turtles.
BP continues to use “controlled burns” to contain the oil spill. Any turtles and other marine creatures that are not removed from the area before the fire is lit are literally burned alive. A boat captain who has been leading efforts to rescue the endangered turtles says BP has blocked his crews from entering the areas where the animals are trapped, effectively shutting down the rescue operation. Rescuing turtles and other visibly trapped sea life before burning simply isn’t a practical option. What do you think?