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Texas sea turtles swimming straight toward Gulf oil

by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 23 at 2:51 PM

HOUSTON—Wildlife experts are in a race against time to save sea turtles that are headed on a dangerous journey. Many are migrating directly toward the oil-polluted waters in the Gulf.

Experts have rescued more than 500 sea turtles from the Gulf, but reports indicate only one in five survives.  Experts say even though some of them may look clean, often the damage from the oil can be internal.

Researchers have been tracking one endangered sea turtle on its migration from Texas. Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle has been outfitted with a GPS tracker and that device is giving researchers a grim report.

The turtle, like so many others, is heading straight to the oil spill zone in Louisiana. Wildlife rescuers say they can only redirect so many.

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