The Turtle Test

Article by Haaretz

There has been a massive influx of turtles in need of help at the Turtle Rescue Center in Mevo'ot Yam.  The turtles are brought there after being found on beaches.  The main theory to why there is a massive increase in the number of injured turtle cases is that the turtles are being harmed by substances released from oil exploration.   Studies have shown that airguns cause behavioral changes in animals which can affect their health. The environmental damage that the surveying and drilling will cause is not taken into account when these projects are approved.  One thing that is very worrisome is the Environmental Protection Ministry’s sea and coast division knows how to handle oil spills but like many environmental organizations it lacks the manpower and funds to properly handle the situation.

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