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Will The Oil Spill Affect Our Favorite Time Of The Year?

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It's turtle nesting season!!!!!!

Much like the puppy bowl, turtle nesting is an adorable event we look forward to all year.

Mother turtles off the gulf cost don't realize that their batch of little darlings are our key to finding out to what extent the BP oil spill affected the gulfs wildlife.

So far the news has been good.

As of May 24, 155 Kemp turtle's nests had been spotted on Texas shores — more than in all of last year and more than had been counted by that day in 2009 and 2008. The same is true for some other sea turtle species, although they have just started to nest so it might be too early to have confidence in those numbers.

And because sea turtles don't reach reproductive age for at least a decade, the full effects of the oil spill might not be known for years.

Some scientists fear that turtles born this season might have reproductive or health issues. Only time will tell.

For now all we can do is wait for some cute baby turtles to hatch!

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Peter Fonda Calls President Obama 'A Traitor' At Cannes!

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Peter Fonda, producer of a documentary that focuses on the environmental consequences of the BP oil spill, had some harsh words for President Barack Obama.

While at the Cannes Film Festival with his documentary, The Big Fix, the Easy Rider shared his outrage over Obama's handling of the worst oil spill in American history, saying:

"I sent an email to President Obama saying, 'You are a f(expletive) traitor,' using those words… 'You're a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military — in this case the coastguard — what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do'."

He's referring to BP, whose headquarters is in London, as the "foreign boots" and does not have kind words for the company he calls "a bunch of Brits". At a press conference for his film, he continued to say:

"I thought we kicked them out a long time ago. They tried to get back in in 1812, but they didn't make it."

Strong words!

Peter sent the email to the White House last week and we're curious if he'll get a response!

Do U think Peter's criticism of Obama is justified?

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Plight Of The Sea Turtle

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Your Reaction?

So Sad.

A year after the BP oil spill, endangered sea turtles are still washing up dead on Gulf shores in large numbers.

However, a recent federal investigation suggests that the culprit is likely not oil.

Scientist are now pointing their rubber gloved fingers at fishing nets.

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Dead Sea Turtles Washing Up On Mississippi Beaches

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Sad!

Sea Turtles are part of a growing number of dead fish, animals and birds she and other Mississippi residents have photographed washing in with the tides in recent weeks. For Shirley, a trip to the beach no longer provides the same relaxing refuge as before.

One Mississippi resident said:

"It’s very upsetting. I have never found anything like this until after the oil spill. It used to be if you found a dead dolphin or turtle it was front page news around here. Now it’s no big deal.”

There have been 38 dead or stranded turtles collected in Mississippi this year, most in the past few weeks.

Officials say possible causes could range from infectious disease, sudden shifts in water temperature, biotoxins such as red tide or the impact from the BP oil that polluted the area.

The only other Gulf state to report a rise in on-shore turtle deaths this year is Texas with 48, more than twice the number counted in 2009–the year before the BP oil blowout.

That year, the total number of on-shore turtle deaths in the Gulf shot up to 248, nearly five times the number from the previous year.

Scientists say it may be impossible to know if dolphin and turtle strandings are due to the BP oil blowout.

We have to find a cause to these poor animal deaths, and we need to stop it soon!

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What's Causing Dolphin Deaths On Gulf Coast?

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Poor Dolphin

Make it stop!

Marine scientists are debating whether 80-plus bottlenose dolphins found dead along the U.S. Gulf Coast since January were more likely to have perished from last year's massive oil spill or a winter cold snap.

The death toll along 200 miles of shoreline has climbed to at least 82, many times the normal mortality rate for dolphins along the Gulf Coast this time of year.

The die-off has come at the start of the first dolphin calving season in the northern Gulf since the BP blowout.

But scientists at the independent Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama suggested on Thursday that unusually chilly water temperatures in the Gulf may be a key factor.

A senior scientist at the Dauphin Island lab said:

"Everyone wants to blame toxicity due to the oil spill. The oil spill … very well could have been the cause of the dolphin deaths. But the cold weather could have been the last straw for these animals."

Other scientists discount the cold weather theory - saying dolphins can leave cold waters to seek warmer areas.

Hopefully soon we will know the cause, and prevent further death.

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Lone Louisiana Dolphin Survives Oil Spill

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Louie The Dolphin

Louie, the only living dolphin collected off the coast of Louisiana after the worst oil spill in history, is doing great!

The young 2-year-old dolphin was found covered in oil with injuries sustained from another dolphin and an estimated 2% chance of survival.

He was transferred to the Audubon Aquatic Center in New Orleans where it took over 2 weeks for the little dolphin to show signs of improvement.

Louie was finally declared healthy after a 5-month period of rehabilitation which included 700 hours of care!

Michele Kelley, who oversees the rescue of stranded animals in Louisiana for the Audubon Aquatic Center, said:

"You cry. You shed tears. You put five months into this animal, his rehab and seeing him everyday and taking care of him. Then it's time for him to go and we know that it's the best thing for him."

Although healthy, it is still too risky to release the young dolphin into the wild, so he was transferred this week to the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys which cares for rescued dolphins.

We're happy to hear Louie, the only surviving dolphin out of 62 found off the coast of Louisiana since the oil spill, is healthy and on the fast track to a full recovery!

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Pelicans Mysteriously Dying In Florida

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Pelicans dying in Jacksonville, Florida

Uh-oh. More disturbing bird news.

Experts are trying to figure out what killed 12 pelicans and sickened 100 more near Jacksonville, Florida.

The birds are being rehabilitated at Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary, but employees like Cindy Moseling are especially concerned with these mysterious deaths, saying:

"The last few days, we've had quite a bit of birds dying," Moseling said and continued:

"There's something on their feathers that's taking their ability to repel water. They've lost their protection from the cold."

She and other experts know something is wrong, but don't know what. Most likely, there is something in the water.

Maybe this has something to do with the BP oil spill…or maybe worse.

Moseling's words ring eerily in our minds as she says:

"The birds are telling us something. The birds are screaming as loud as they can, and no one's listening."

That is a scary thought, but at least we may have America's greatest action hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to save us from whatever danger looms.

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