Planes are flying over the Gulf of Mexico, looking for injured marine animals from the oil spill. When an injured mammal or sea turtle is spotted, boats will be sent to attempt rescue.
Gulfport's Institute of Marine Mammals is leading the effort to save mammals and turtles injured and oiled. Other networks from Texas to Florida have joined them.
No one knows how many animals will be treated. Twenty-eight different marine mammals call the Gulf of Mexico home, including dolphins, manatees, killer whales, and even sperm whales. Five of the seven varieties of sea turtles can be found in the Gulf.
IF YOU SEE AN INJURED DOLPHIN, CALL
To learn about the different species of whales and dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, go to http://www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/regulate/environ/marmam/Cetacean.pdf
To learn about the different sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, go to http://www.nps.gov/pais/planyourvisit/upload/turtles%20in%20the%20gulf.pdf
To learn about the protected fish and marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico, go to http://www.offshoreoperators.com/marinedebris/Protected-Species-In-GOM-NOAA.pdf
The Institute of Marine Mammals has some educational and fun activities for you to use.
To learn more about the danger of oil spills, go to http://www.imms.org/downloads/teachers/The_Danger_of_Oil_Spills.pdf
To understand more about the Institute of Marine Mammals, go to http://www.imms.org/downloads/CMEREducationBooklet_v2.pdf
To make an origami dolphin, go to http://www.imms.org/downloads/DolphinOrigami.pdf
To make a 3-D fish bowl, go to http://www.imms.org/downloads/3-DFishBowl.pdf
To make an origami sea turtle, go to http://www.imms.org/downloads/SeaTurtleOrigami.pdf
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