Florida Power Plant Causes Sea Turtle Deaths

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A sea turtle at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. Big Mama was rescued by SeaWorld after the Gulf oil spill; she lives at the park due to fins damaged by the oil. (Ellen Creager/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

The St. Lucie Nuclear Power plant in Hutchinson Island, Florida has sucked in more than 4,100 sea turtles over the past ten years. Many of the turtles that have been sucked into the plant have been injured or even died. Since the plant has opened, about 16,000 turtles have been sucked in, most of which are endangered or a threatened species. The turtles get sucked into long tunnels that run into the ocean. The government is finally deciding to build grates over the pipes to stop the helpless animals from getting sucked in. Although the grate may help some turtles, it will only stop about 27% of them from entering the pipes. This is because the mesh grate can only be so small so the water can flow through it. Biologists say the turtles are attracted to the pipes because they remind them of their reefs, which are a safe place for them. Most of the turtles travel all the way down the pipes, which takes about five minutes. This can cause the turtles to get some small injuries, like cuts and scrapes. Although the pipes may seem like a horrifying thing, some people argue it is good for turtle conservation because it gets turtles into an area where they can be closely studied

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