BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Sea turtle experts along the Texas
coast are on standby to help if Gulf of Mexico oil spill tainted
animals need cleanup or other rescue.
Donna Shaver with the division of sea turtle science and
recovery at Padre Island National Seashore says turtles possibly
contaminated from the April 20 rig accident off Louisiana could
wind up on Texas beaches.
Shaver says mayonnaise can be fed to sea turtles that have
swallowed oil to help the creatures pass the product through their
systems. Detergent is used to clean sea turtles covered with oily
The Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville and South Padre Island's
Sea Turtle Inc. have made their facilities available. Both
organizations have a history of cooperating with cleanup of animals
during oil spills.