Animal rescue efforts are coordinated by the Unified Area Command from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As of November 2, official reports from these organizations showed that 2,537 live animals had been rescued from the Gulf. All of those animals were visibly oiled.
New England Aquarium Chief Veterinarian
Dr. Charles Innis monitors an oiled hawksbill's
heart rate with a fetal heart monitor.
(Photo: Susan Poag/The Times-Picayune)
Sea turtles trapped in the oil are scooped up in nets by rescuers on boats, then brought to a rescue field station in New Orleans, Louisiana. The turtles are bathed several times to remove external oil, and their eyes and mouths are swabbed to remove oil. Each patient is given fluids, antibiotics and Toxiban, a product that helps prevent oil from being absorbed. Senior rescue and veterinary staff from the New England Aquarium were among the first experts sent to field stations in the Gulf to help with sea turtle rescue efforts. You can see their photos and get subsequent oil spill updates on the Aquarium's Rescue Blog.
The International Bird Rescue Research Center, Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and other organizations are coordinating to rescue oiled birds in the field. Oiled birds are transported to rehabilitation centers where they are bathed to remove oil from their feathers and given other treatments to mitigate the oil's effects.