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10 animals at risk of extinction from the Gulf oil spill

By: Bryan Nelson on July 19, 2010, 12:35 p.m.
Kemp's ridley turtle

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Kemp's ridley turtle

All sea turtles species in the Gulf are at risk of possible extinction, but none are as threatened as the Kemp's ridley. This species is the smallest and the rarest sea turtle in the world. Considered critically endangered and at risk of extinction before the oil spill, the Kemp's ridley could become the first animal to disappear entirely thanks to BP.

The situation has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to attempt the largest and riskiest sea turtle egg relocation ever attempted. About 70,000 eggs from all the Gulf's species have been moved to safer nesting grounds outside of the spill's influence.