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Today I Added Up Totals of Stranded Sea Turtles…

April 28, 2011

One of my tasks at my internship today was to go through a bunch of excel sheets and total up the number of stranded (dead) sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. Quite a depressing job. It took a while, because there were different sets of data for Alabama, Florida (Gulf coast), Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Florida and Texas by far had the greatest numbers, but I suspect it’s because of their longer coastlines.

Here’s what I found:
2007… 1252 total strandings.
2008… 1078 total strandings.
2009… 1259 total strandings.
2010… (BP oil spill) 2264 total strandings.
2011… we are not even half way through the year and the total number recorded is 1184.

😦 Not a happy day at work today.

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