Posted by: reefrescue | June 30, 2010

Biologists to move sea turtle eggs away from oil

Scientists plan to move eggs from about 800 sea turtle nests 500 miles east, most likely to a warehouse at the Kennedy Space Center.

St. Petersburg Times

To save a generation of sea turtles from being wiped out by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, state and federal biologists have hatched a daring but risky plan.

They will excavate the 800 or so nests that the turtles have dug along Florida’s Panhandle beaches and the Alabama coast, and carefully move all the eggs about 500 miles to the east, most likely to a climate-controlled warehouse at the Kennedy Space Center.

Any turtles that survive the move and hatch out of the eggs would then be released into the Atlantic Ocean, which so far has not been polluted by the oil spill.

Although thousands of turtle hatchlings could die from being moved, “this is the least of the worst-case scenarios,” said Chuck Underwood, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Even if what we’re doing isn’t a great thing, it’s better than doing nothing.”

If the biologists left the nests where they are now, he said, 50,000 turtle hatchlings “will go out into the Gulf and get into the oil, and there’s a high degree of certainty that that would be fatal.”

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