Was the Sea Turtle Rescue Operation in the Gulf a Success?
As the sun set over the watery horizon, volunteers dug up soft sea turtle eggs from their sandy nests and carefully placed them in coolers. Tar balls spotted the Alabama beach, reminding the rescue team that without their efforts, the hatchlings would swim out into the oil-coated Gulf of Mexico and die. Instead of ingesting sargassum seaweed drenched in oil after hatching on the gulf’s shores, these turtles would hatch at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral on Florida’s east coast, an area untouched by the BP oil spill. Over the course of two and a half months, government agencies, non-profits, and volunteers helped to move thousands of eggs, releasing 14,676 hatchlings into the Atlantic Ocean and potentially saving thousands of endangered loggerhead turtles. Still, more could be known about the turtles' fate.