US Wildlife Experts Begin Unprecedented Massive Turtle Rescue from Gulf Oil Spill
Last week wildlife officials approved an unprecedented plan that could save thousands of sea turtles impacted by the BP oil spill, and a Georgia rescue group is helping out.
When sea turtles hatch they head straight for the ocean. Wildlife experts worry that along the Gulf Coast they could come into contact with the oil and dispersants with no chance of survival.
Wildlife experts scrambling to save hatchlings from the Gulf oil spill have hatched the biggest turtle rescue effort in history. Tens of thousands of sea turtle eggs will be dug up from beaches along the Gulf coast and trucked to Florida's Atlantic coast, where they will be hatched in temperature-controlled facilities then carried by hand to the ocean. The strategy is untested, experts say, but if the eggs aren't moved, currents will move the baby turtles directly into oil.