Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster began on April 20, rescue teams have brought in about 1,000 birds from oil covered Gulf waters. However that number, experts say, represents only about 10% of the number of animals believed to have been killed in the BP oil slick, which now covers approximately 3,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico’s surface.
Grand Isle Louisiana has been hit hard by the incoming, oily black tide. More than 300 birds are being caught every day, many of whom do not survive, despite rescue efforts.
Once cleaned, the birds are taken to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian shores, Florida, where they are released back into the wild. However, some birds have been making their way back to oil fouled Louisiana waters, in search of their nests.
As the oil spill continues to flow at the new estimated at a rate of one Exxon Valdez spill every 8 to 10 days, the death toll on animals and wildlife is growing at an alarming rate.
Conservationists fear some species will go extinct, as a direct result of the BP oil spill.
Philippe Cousteau, founder of Earth Eco International and grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, has been visiting the Louisiana Coast to help the animal victims of the BP oil spill.
Cousteau said, “As soon as we arrived I was greeted by a horrible sight, a beach covered in thick blotches of oil as far as the eye could see and barely anyone on shore attempting to clean it up. Now I know why everyone was so frustrated, the oil had reached the beach, which was bad enough, but there seemed to be little effort to clean it.
Soon, two uniformed individuals asked us to leave the beach ‘for our own safety’ and ushered us away but I knew I would be back within a week. From what I saw that day, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.”
If you would like to help the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Tampa they need:
Kennels, towels, gas gift cards, paper towels, and bottled water to help volunteers and the Sanctuary treat injured birds.
You can bring the items to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, 33785
or Visit their website for more info on how you can help the Gulf oil spill birds
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