01 June 2010

NWF says oil spill dolphin and sea turtle deaths ‘tip of the iceberg’

It has been confirmed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that at least one dolphin death and one sea turtle death can be attributed to the BP oil spill. Within the spill area, 29 dead dolphins and 227 sea turtles have turned up dead but the majority have not been tested for oil.

“The deaths of dolphins and sea turtles are particularly tragic, because we know we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg with those that have been washed up onshore and tested,” explained National Wildlife Federation (NWF) senior scientist Dr. Doug Inkley.

NFW is working around the clock to “be the voice of wildlife” and ensure that their plight is not forgotten. Recently members of NWF along with Louisiana State University’s Dr. Kevin Boswekk lowered a remote operated vehicle 200 feet down into the Gulf and were able to document oil not only on the surface but far below into the waters.

Individuals hoping to help with the oil disaster can volunteer for cleanup efforts, donate to the NWF, speak up for cleaner energy choices, and help spread the organization’s messages online.

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