Mysterious Oil Spill Killed Turtles and Other Marine Life in Brazil

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Mysterious Oil Spill Killed Turtles and Other Marine Life in Brazil


Last September, an oil spill was detected in Brazil. The spill was affecting 46 municipalities within eight different states. This included Maranhao, Piaui, Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte, and Paraiba. Several popular beach destinations have also been polluted for the past month, such as Jericoacoara and Praia da Pipa beaches. However, the source of these crude oil spills has yet to be detected.


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A team of 100 people have been tasked to clean up the affected areas. All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, reported that the disastrous oil spill has contaminated the world’s waters and marine life. The Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) identified 105 crude oil spills from an undetermined source. Among the most affected are sea turtles. 


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According to reports, seven sea turtles have already died while at least one has been taken to a rehabilitation center due to oil contamination. Initial analysis showed that the oil spills were not produced within Brazil, but that it did come from a single source. In an interview, Ibama co-ordinator Fernanda Pirillo said, “We’ve never had an accident like this in Brazil…It’s the first time we’re seeing an accident with an undetermined source affecting so many states.”


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Many environmentalists are alarmed by the situation. Besides a lack of resources to manage the oil spill, they also have funding problems for environmental conservation efforts. This is because Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, has been cutting off funds for environmental efforts in the country. 

Anna Carolina Lobo, a coordinator of the marine program of the WWF conservation organization in Brazil, said, “The surveillance in our waters, no matter if this was an intentional or an unintentional spill, is too fragile for a country this big. Brazil has few boats and analysts to follow what happens in our waters.”



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