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Gulf Oil spill threatens survival of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles

The Gulf of Mexico is home to the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Twenty-eight years of restorative efforts to protect the survival of the species is threaten by the BP oil spill. Shrimp trawlers are bad enough but oil in the water and on the beaches reverses three decades of progress.  Sunset Productions and Fast Cut Films is currently in production of a public awareness documentary about the plight of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.  The film features interviews of notable scientists and turtle experts including Marine Fisheries Research Biologist, Charles Caillouet, Ph.D.  In this clip Dr. Caillouet discusses the negative effect of the oil spill on the struggling sea turtle population. The video filmed in 2008, shows Kemp’s ridley turtle hatchlings heading off to the Gulf to begin their life’s journey. The film documentary is sponsored by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Carole H. Allen, Gulf Office Director.  for more information please visit www.seaturtles.org.

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