Report warns that 14 species are still struggling from the 2010 disaster.
Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report. In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are dying in record numbers, and the evidence is stronger than ever that their demise is connected to the spill, according to Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, which issued the report.
—More than 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the oil spill area since April 2010. If you stretched the corpses lengthwise, that’s 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of dead dolphins, Inkley said. Scientists know that is more than in previous years because they’ve been recording deaths and strandings in the Gulf for a decade.
—There are five species of sea turtle that live in the Gulf, and all of them are listed as threatened or endangered by the Endangered Species Act. About 500 dead sea turtles have been found in the spill region every year since 2011—”a dramatic increase over normal rates,” according to the NWF. What’s unknown is how many turtles died at sea and were never recovered by scientists.
—An oil chemical from the spill has been shown to cause irregular heartbeats in the embryos of bluefin and yellowfin tuna. That’s a critical stage of development for the fish, so there’s a lot of concern that the damage could cause heart attacks or deaths, Inkley said.
—Loons, birds that winter on the Louisiana coast, are carrying increasing concentrations of toxic oil compounds in their blood.
—Sperm whales that swam near the BP well have higher levels of DNA-damaging metals in their bodies than in the past. The metals in their bodies, such as chromium and nickel, are the same ones that were present in the well.
The Animal of the Month for the the month of April is the Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)! Read below for GIVEAWAY details!
The Numbat is an endangered species of carnivorous marsupial that few know about outside of Australia. Therefore, it becomes that much more important to spread and share awareness. It’s numbers were reduced to just a few hundred in the 1980s, due to habitat clearing, change in fire regime laws, and reduction in population size from being preyed upon by the invasive red fox. It has recently begun a slight recovery, but with a population estimated below 1000 today, it still is in dire need of help.
There is a tremendous organization based in Australia that is working hard to conserve the numbat and its habitat. Their name is Project Numbat. Therefore, to aid them in their fight, giraffeinatree has chosen to sponsor them and their cause to fundraise for the organization. Learn more about the Numbat, Project Numbat, and the Animal of the Month project at http://giraffeinatree.tumblr.com/
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Share this post to spread the word of animal most have never even heard of. What a terrible thing for a species to go extinct without ever being recognized.
Donate via paypal however much you can. At the end of the day, consider what else you would do with the money you donate; buy a coffee or two? Purchase some music or a video game? Then ask yourself “Can I live without [insert item] in order to donate to a charitable cause?” If you find the answer to that question is yes, then please donate. It helps SO much and I do a little happy dance every time I get an e-mail notification saying someone did so.
Don’t do nothing. That’s all I ask.
For this month I’ve decided to do a little giveaway (nothing huge) to perhaps inspire people a tad more. First off, there’s a Numbat stuffed animal from Perth, Australia at stake here!
Additionally, I will be giving away the Narnia Two theme code.
I think this is necessary to post. I see a lot of people “saving” bunnies.
"*Bunnies are one of the most frequently “kidnapped” mammal species. *Mothers dig a very shallow nest in the ground that is easily uncovered when mowing or raking the yard. If you find a rabbit nest-leave it alone!! *Mother rabbits only return to the nest two or three times a day, usually before dawn and right after dusk. *To determine if they are orphaned, either place a string across the nest in a tic-tac-toe shape or circle the nest with flour. Check the nest the next day. If the string or flour is disturbed, the mother has returned. If not, take the bunnies to a rehabilitator. * A bunny that is bright eyed and 4-5 inches long is fully independent and does NOT need to be rescued! *If you find a bunny that does need to be rescued, put it in a dark, quiet location. Bunnies are a prey species and while they may look calm, they are actually very, very scared!”
I had this exact conversation with an Australian friend. She was startled and said that oh, she must have just heard a possum outside her window.
Me: “OH GOD CLOSE YOUR WINDOW RIGHT NOW D:”
After an amusingly long circular conversation where she thought I was irrationally scared of the adorable little animal on the left, we figured out that we were discussing two very different animals. She sent me a picture, I awwed. Then I sent her a picture.
"WHAT IS THAT THING?!"
The last time I saw one that wasn’t roadkill, it was hissing at me from the shadows of a dark driveway I was walking past and I just bolted for a good hundred feet or so out of reflex.
This may be the only time the US wins in a head to head competition for scarier animals with Australia.
the one marsupial we do have, and it’s this fucking thing