Oil Spill Impact on Animals
Description: Andrew Diller, Florida Seagrant Extension Agent with Escambia County, says that his department will be helping to monitor nest development in the coming months to determine oil spill impact of sea turtles that visit the gulf coast beaches.There are normally 500-600 nests each year, primarily the Kemps Ridley turtle. There have been close to 600 dead turtles found since the oil spill, an above average number. The number of dead dolphins found is also above average. Dolphin necropsies are being conducted to determine if oil, temperature, or red tide is to blame.
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