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Coral Reef Fact:

Oiled Kemp's Ridley turtle. NOAA

Sea turtles are resilient to physical attacks such as shark bites. However, they are very susceptible to the effects of chemicals such as oil at all stages of life. Oil impacts sea turtle egg development, skin, blood, and the digestive and immune systems. It can, also, cause the mortality of hatchlings.

Source: Oil Toxicity and Impacts on Sea Turtles by, Sarah Milton, Peter Lutz, and Gary Shigenaka

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