Image description: A Fish and Wildlife Conservation biologist examines the mouth of a young Kemp’s ridley sea turtle for any evidence of oil or tar in the mouth, which would indicate that the turtle has ingested oil. Turtles may ingest oil by feeding on oiled prey or by eating tar balls.
FWC biologists and other rescue workers are searching for oil-impacted sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico to assess the extent of the damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The rescue workers’ main goal is to find and rehabilitate as many of the oil-impacted sea turtles as possible.
Photo by Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.