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consider the Environment, Afer the SpillReportAt-Risk PopulaTons in the Gulf of Mexico:Kemp’s Ridley Sea ±urtle and the Bo²lenose DolphinI.Kemp’s Ridley Sea ±urtleIntroducTonEven beFore the Deepwater Horizon

consider the Environment, Afer the SpillReportAt-Risk PopulaTons in the Gulf of Mexico:Kemp’s Ridley Sea ±urtle and the Bo²lenose DolphinI.Kemp’s Ridley Sea ±urtleIntroducTonEven beFore the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the GulF oF Mexico in 2010, the Kemp’s ridley seaturtle was already highly endangered.1OF course, the spill did not help. While these turtles arehighly migratory, the GulF oF Mexico is one oF their Favorite habitats.1In the summer, Female seaturtles return to the beaches where they were hatched to lay their eggs.1±emales lay eggs everyone to three years afer the age oF 10–12.1Turtles lay their eggs on the beach, not in water, sowhen the young turtles hatch, they must make their way From the beach down to the water.Even in the best oF circumstances, there are many predators and many turtles do not make it.1The 2010 oil spill in the GulF not only a²ected adult turtles, but it also greatly exacerbated thedangers oF hatching. Because exposure to oil is ofen Fatal to sea turtles, young turtles thatencountered oil on the beach or in the water would have been in great danger.2Environmentalgroups were able to relocate many sea turtle eggs to other beaches, but many eggs remained inthe area oF the oil spill.2What are the long-term eFects of the oil spill on Kemp’s ridley sea turtle populaTons?On the lef is a typical graph For the survivorship curve oF a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, and on theright is what it might look like For the cohort born during the GulF spill.QuesTon 1. Please sketch the curve for the graph on the right.Sea ±urtle Survivorship Curve—Born Before SpillSea ±urtle Survivorship Cu

 
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