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Sea Turtles Dying in BP “Burn Boxes” – First-Hand Account from Boat Captain
On June 17, the Los Angeles Times reported in “Death by fire in the gulf” that an effort to burn oil from the surface of the Gulf is also torching all kinds of sea life.
Catherine Craig of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project posted the following interview with a shrimp boat captain who attempted to rescue sea turtles from the these “burn boxes.” BP sent him away.
“They just drag a boom between two shrimp boats and whatever’s caught between the two boats, they circle it up and catch it on fire,” says Mike Ellis in the below interview. “Once the turtles are in there they can’t get out.”
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