One of these animals was found last Sunday by a university student on the beach of Alcântara, in the state of Maranhão.
Mexico.- Numerous oil stains have appeared during the course of this September on several beaches in northeastern Brazil, where sea turtles affected by oil have also been found, reports the G1 news portal. One of these animals was found last Sunday by a university student on the beach of Alcântara, in the state of Maranhão.
In a video published by the young man on social networks, it can be seen how the specimen is completely covered by a dense layer of a black and viscous substance. The author of the video said he had never seen such animals in the place before and, observing that the specimen was suffering and breathing with difficulty, quickly tried to help him clean it with water from the showers near the beach, as well as sand and detergent , before returning it to the sea.
Another similar finding occurred the next day in a spa outside the city of Natal, state of Rio Grande do Norte, this time being an olive turtle, one of the smallest of its kind in the world. This specimen was rescued by veterinarians and biologists from the Natal Aquarium, who said that the marine animal had ingested a large amount of oil. Currently the reptile continues under treatment.
On the other hand, another sea turtle of non-detailed species, covered with the same substance, was found dead on the beach of the Parnaíba Delta, state of Piauí, reports the Folha de Parnaíba news portal. So far, no oil company has reported a spill in the area. Meanwhile, the authorities have opened an investigation and collected samples of crude oil to perform a chromatography analysis, which will help determine the origin of the oil and, thus, find the company responsible. Also, the cleaning tasks will begin after completing an aerial mapping of the stains, details op9 site.
Muito triste! Derramamento de óleo em Alcântara, Maranhão, praias de Itatinga e Taperai. Vídeo de Julio Vila (via @projetoqueamar ), que encontrou até uma tartaruga marinha sem poder se mover de tanto óleo sobre ela. pic.twitter.com/aCwACewF41
— Hotel Urbano -HURB (@HurbBrasil) 25 September 2019