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NY Times Feature: a wealth of info on threats to the Gulf

July 30, 2010

A must for readers: Today’s times contains an excellent feature by Campbell Robertson on the long and short-term problems facing the Gulf of Mexico. (Click here) I encourage readers to read and download this excellent piece. Here is one of just many illustrations contained in the “interactive graphics section.”

Sea Turtles Found alive Found dead Total found
Visibly oiled 167 17 184
Not visibly oiled 60 465 525

Officials have found more than twice the number of stranded sea turtles than normally found this time of year. A majority have been a species called Kemp’s ridley, one of four that are endangered in the gulf, and among the smallest and rarest of sea turtles. Most of the dead are not visibly oiled. Some suspect that shrimpers are causing the increased deaths by not using devices that prevent turtles from getting trapped in nets and drowning.

See many maps and charts at the NY Times Interactive Graphic

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