As the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues to affect wildlife, people around the world are looking for ways that they can help animal rescue efforts. Here are some ways to contribute to efforts that will make a positive impact for rescue operations in the Gulf and auxiliary facilities here in New England.
After only two days out on the water, rescue teams in the Gulf brought in 26 oiled sea turtles. The Aquarium is preparing for an increased need for rescue and rehabilitation facilities for these species across the country. Part of that effort includes construction of a new $500,000 sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation facility in Quincy, Mass., that will greatly increase our capacity to study and care for endangered sea turtles. Make your contribution to help build that facility and support Aquarium rescue operations.
BP has set up a clearinghouse website to provide news and information about the oil spill disaster. It includes phone numbers and links to learn more about volunteer operations. Note that only trained workers are called on to do work that includes direct contact with crude oil contamination.
The Aquarium’s chief veterinarian, Dr. Charles Innis, and the Aquarium's rescue director, Connie Merigo, are working with rescue teams in the Gulf to treat oiled sea turtles at the Aquarium of the Americas, in New Orleans. Their most recent updates are below.