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May 3, 2010 6:14 PM by Melissa Canone

Dead Sea Turtles: Oil may not be Cause

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Necropsies completed on five of the 25
dead sea turtles found along Mississippi beaches in the past few
days show no evidence of oil killing the reptiles.
Brian Gorman of the National Marine Fisheries Service in
Gulfport, Miss., said Monday that no evidence of oil or
contamination has been found. But he says that doesn't mean further
analysis won't reveal something.
The carcasses are badly decomposed. Gorman says necropsies on
the remaining turtles will be performed later.
At least six of the 25 turtles are the endangered Kemp's ridley,
which breed nowhere else in the world but on beaches in Mexico and
southern Texas. They're considered among the most imperiled turtle
species.

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