Scientists rush to rescue sea turtles threatened by mysterious Brazil oil spill
Atlantic coast, Brazil. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
Crude oil has been washing up on the coast of the Brazilian northeast for over a month, leaving more than 150 of Brazil’s postcard-perfect beaches covered in thick, sludgy black patches.
The origin of the oil, found in nine Brazilian states along a 1,200-mile stretch of coastline, remains unknown. It is also along this coastline that olive ridley and loggerhead sea turtles come to make their nests and lay their eggs.
Mysterious Oil Spill Becomes New Environmental Crisis for Brazil; The NYT (10-08-2019)
A mysterious oil spill that has polluted shores along a vast area of Brazil’s northeast may have resulted from unspecified criminal activity. An estimated 100 tons of crude has drifted toward land since early September, polluting some of the country’s most pristine beaches…