Monday, May 3, 2010

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

Image from Flickr.
IMG_9293, originally uploaded by ziegs45s.
The photo is of a baby endangered sea turtle released from South Padre Island National Seashore in 2009, another animal that will surely be effected by the oil spill even if it doesn't reach Texas beaches. There have been dead turtles washing up on shore. They haven't yet stated the cause or linked any of them to the disaster in the Gulf, but it can't be good for them.

Now I'm hearing it will be months before the flow stops and this is potentially much worse than what happened in Alaska.

From an Associated Press article by Seth Borenstein:
" The Exxon Valdez was a tanker with a limited supply of oil. The rig 40 miles from the Gulf Coast may leak for months before a relief well can be drilled to stop the flow, Kinner said.

And LSU's Overton said: "I'm not very optimistic that they'll be drilling a relief well in three months."

You can read the full article here.

My heart is breaking.  I should stop watching the news.


That corgi :) said...

it is so sad; it will have a very lasting effect and impact for a very long time I fear


Vince said...

Sorry Jen. Big HUGS.

Brian Miller said...

yeah, this seriously sucks....
that baby turtle is too cute...

....Petty Witter said...

How cute is that baby turtle.

Such a devastating event, when will we learn?

Anonymous said...

It looks like it's never ending - heartbreaking indeed :0(

Jingle said...

love the baby turtle,
there are many turtles in Texas, sorry for the sad part.
Happy Tuesday!

Jen said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. I was feeling a little depressed last night. I'll go out in the sun and try to cheer up today.

Kelly said...

Awww, that picture is so cute. Makes it all the more "real". So sad!

John McElveen said...


I'm going to have to take a break from it Jen!!!


How about you? It is soooo depressing!!!

Heather said...

Hubby and I have been watching this story very closely, we have a lot of friends that will be affected. Soo sad for the wildlife too.

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