Though the oil spill in the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek in Michigan occurred more than 15 months ago, around 30 turtles are still affected and are being cared for by a scientist and his assistants.
The turtles are receiving daily care from by Bob Doherty, a scientist working under contract with Enbridge Inc. and three part-time assistants, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer.
Around 4,200 turtles were caught over the summer during the oil spill cleanup, the media outlet reports. Some simply had their oil removed on site while more serious cases were brought back to Doherty’s wildlife center for further treatment, Lisa Williams of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told the media outlet.
Of the more than 4,000 turtles caught, 1,500 had oil removed, according to the media outlet. Others suffered shells damaged by boats. Around one dozen turtles were found dead on the scene.
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