Sea Turtles

Specific Organism: Sea turtles (Superfamily Chelonioidea), sometimes called marine turtles, are reptiles of the order Testudines. The seven extant species of sea turtles are: the green, loggerhead, kemp's ridley, olive ridley, hawksbill, flatback, and leatherback.

Human impact: The Deepwater Horizon's Impact on Gulf Wildlife and Habitats. Sea Turtles: Scientists estimate that as many as 167,000 sea turtles of all ages were killed during the disaster. In 2010, the once-remarkable recovery of the endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle halted abruptly. Scientists remain concerned about this species of sea turtle, which is known to congregate and feed in areas that were oiled off the Louisiana coast. Heavy oil affected nearly a quarter of the Sargassum- a type of floating seaweed- in the northern Gulf. Sargassum is an important habitat for juvenile sea turtles.

Solutions: We can try to establish ways to prevent oil spills. Or also, cleaning up the oil spill more quickly so it doesn't cause as much harm.

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