The Heartbreak Turtle Today documentary
DVD is available to students, teachers, and anyone hosting an activist or educational event to mark the one-year anniversary of the horrific BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill on April 20, 2011. The entire population of Kemp's ridley sea turtles were migrating through the area of the Deepwater Horizon explosion last Spring. At least 809 Kemp's ridleys were impacted by the spill and 481 were killed. Concerned experts are interviewed in the documentary, providing insight into the future of the Gulf of Mexico's endemic sea turtle.
The Heartbreak Turtle Today features the story of the dramatic recovery of the critically
endangered Kempís ridley sea turtle in the Gulf of Mexico. Illegal
poaching at nesting beaches in Mexico and deadly shrimp trawls in the
Gulf of Mexico cut the estimated 47,000 nesters to less than 500 nesting
females in 1985, nearly driving them to extinction. Scientists also
attribute their decline to coastal habitat destruction and the massive
1979 Ixtoc oil spill in Mexico offshore their main nesting beach. Thanks
to grassroots conservation efforts, modifications to shrimp trawl
fisheries, and bi-national efforts to protect nesting beaches, the
Kempís ridley population has slowly grown. The devastation and
uncertainty for the future of the Kempís ridley following the BP oil
spill in the Gulf of Mexico are captured in vivid footage, photographs,
Click here to obtain a copy of The Heartbreak Turtle Today DVD!