May 18, 2010 3:05 PM by Chris Welty
Federal officials say 189 dead sea turtles, birds and other
animals have been found along Gulf of Mexico coastlines since a
massive oil spill started last month.
The total includes 154 sea turtles, primarily the endangered
Kemp's ridley variety, plus 12 dolphins and 23 migratory birds.
But in a phone news conference Tuesday, officials said they
don't know how many were killed by oil or chemical dispersants.
Barbara Schroeder of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's fisheries program says necropsies have not
detected oil in the bodies of the sea turtles.
Acting U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Rowan Gould says
the spill's effects could be felt for decades and may never be
fully known because so many affected creatures live far offshore.