WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) – So far this year, 48 dead sea turtles have washed ashore across the Gulf Coast, including one recovered Sunday and three on Saturday. Officials are working to find out the cause.
According to the AP, WLOX TV reports that members of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies are working to determine if the turtle deaths are linked to the 2010 BP oil spill.
IMMS veterinarian technician Wendy Hatchett said officials are concerned with the spike in deaths. Officials won’t know whether it’s red tide or deaths left over from the oil spill until tissue can be analyzed, Hatchett said.