“Sea turtles rehabilitation + relocation full of challenges”

Federal wildlife officials will begin to relocate Twenty-two young Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings and adults from the oiled Northern Gulf Coastline to the East Coast of Florida near the Kennedy Space center. Hoping that these endangered animals might have a better chance of surviving.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Hatchling sea turtles retuen to the sea

Relocating turtles

“The decision to move nests has been made only as the best of a bad set of alternatives,” Debby Crouse, a sea turtle expert with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told reporters. The first 56 of what are expected to be thousands of hatchlings were released into the Atlantic on Thursday, rather than into the toxic soup that BP has made of their normal territory. Certainly the Gulf would have been lethal, but it’s not at all clear that the newborns will be able to orient themselves, find food in their new habitats or deal with the possible temperature differences in the water. The Kemp’s Ridley was just taken off the endangered list one year ago now this.

The data on all six species of endangered  species of sea turtles are very incomplete. No one knows how the ocean portion of their life is lived, much less what they need to survive and thrive. For example, Loggerhead turtles do not even reach sexual maturity until they are 36 years old.  Over the next several months, plans to move an estimated 700 nests from the Florida panhandle and Alabama beachesto the space center to protect more endangered sea turtles.

How many animals the burning of the ocean which BP is resuming is have on the turtles and other wildlife as well as the toxicity of the dispersant, effects of the oil and gases will have on turtles, their food supply and long term health and wellness is known.

Other dangers on land  these turtles face happens at birth. The lighting along the shore from human habitation is attractive to hatchlings and they follow the lights to their death and poaching is a constant threat.

In a metaphorical way these endangered  represent all of us. Will we crack open the shell that has kept us from seeing how to take care and protect all life so the future will become healthier and safer for all.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://huff.to/bVw160

YouTube Video 1. LDWF rescue   http://bit.ly/cUA3J4

YouTube Video 2. Other problems sea turtle rescue   http://bit.ly/cLQDgY

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