The waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida’s Atlantic coast are home to five species of sea turtles: green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead and Kemp’s ridley. All are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The oil gushing from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig poses several additional threats to the already precarious existence of these rare creatures.
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Florida is on pins and needles waiting to see whether oil will enter the Loop Current and make its way down the east side of the Gulf, around the Keys and along the Atlantic Coast. Much of Tuesday morning was spent getting briefings on the status of the oil and on impacts to fish and wildlife. On one call, we heard from Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She and her experts reported that a tendril of oil was headed down towards the Loop Current, which would take it to the Florida Straits. On a later call, representatives from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) , NOAA Fisheries and National Park Service discussed existing and potential impacts to fish and wildlife.
A daily news roundup of articles pertaining to the state of affairs and the impacts of wildlife in the Gulf.
Scientists are concerned with the impacts the oil spill could have on Florida’s manatee populations and despite many theories none can say for certain what the impacts on these gentle creatures will be according to Digital Journal. Janelle Jordon of CF News 13 takes an in-depth look at how rescue centers are preparing to handle the influx… Read more »
John Rudolf from the New York Times tracks the spill as it creeps closer to the Loop Current – the unpredictable ocean current that flows from the Gulf of Mexico through the Florida Keys and into the Atlantic. The article has some excellent thermal images showing the loop current in relation to the oil spill…. Read more »