Don't see any turtles in the photo?
Well, there are sea turtles out there...
but they are in danger,
especially the Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle.
Once the small percentage of hatchings get to the water
they still have many obstacles to overcome.
Not many make it to maturity.
I visited Kimmie at Art in Red Wagons
and learned something that tore at my heart.
She mentioned that the turtles
that are caught in the booms
with the oil
are not rescued.
Please visit her here to find out the details.
She is very angered (as am I) about the BP oil spill
and what it is doing to not only the people in the region
but the helpless wildlife.
Her wildlife art is wonderful,
and her passion is heartfelt.
I live about 2 hours north of
in South Padre Island, Texas.
If you go to their sight you can actually track
one adult female Ridley
that they released into the wild.
Her name is Isla Gaia,
which means Island Mother Earth.
--FACTS ABOUT THE RIDLEY--
1947- Andres Herrera exposes first film
of Kemp's ridley "arribada"
estimated at 40,000 nesting turtles
in one day
1960-sea turtle science begins worldwide
1963- Kemp's ridley conservation efforts begin
at Rancho Nuevo, Mexico
1973- Kemps' Ridley now protected
under Endangered Species Act
1977- Mexico and USA join in programs
to save the kemp's ridley
1985-Kemp's ridley near EXTINCTION-
only 289 females left in Gulf of Mexico
1995- 1,930 Kemp's nests protected this year
1999-Sea Turtle Inc. joins Texas recovery program
2000- 6,000 nests protected this year
2006- 12,000 nests protected and
750,000 hatchlings released in Gulf of Mexico
2010- BP oil spill in Gulf,
unknown dangers to Ridley
I hope that the oil does not reach as far as south Texas.
They are continuing to release turtle hatchings
into the Gulf, along with all kinds of pelicans
that have been rescued from where the oil has come in.
This event is like a domino effect.
Many people and wildlife will feel the affects for
a very long time.
Change is needed,
so we can all......
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