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10
Aug
10

Brazil seeks origin of oil slick lapping at beach

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Brazil seeks origin of oil slick lapping at beach

Monday, August 10, 2010

Earth A large oil slick reached beaches along the Atlantic Ocean in the Lakes Region in the north of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, local media reported early Monday.

The origin of the oil was not immediately known, and naval inspection technicians took samples of the water and the sand to determine if the fuel comes from a ship or an offshore platform. The relevant tests, however, could take up to 20 days.

Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Brazil’s state-controlled oil producer, said it’s not responsible for an oil spill that appeared on five of the country’s beaches.
Petrobras, as the oil producer is known, is assisting Brazil’s Navy with clean-up efforts, a spokesman, who declined to be named because of the Rio de Janeiro-based company’s policy, said today in a telephone interview. Petrobras did a flyover and wasn’t able to spot any oil slick, he said.

Oil washed up today at five beaches, said a spokeswoman at the Rio de Janeiro state government environment agency. Petrobras is helping to investigate the spill’s origin, said the spokeswoman in a telephone interview. She can’t be named under internal policy.

The size of the spill hasn’t been determined yet, she said.

The affected beaches are near Cabo Frio, about 93 miles east of the city of Rio de Janeiro.
The leak in Rio comes after Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva strongly criticized the oil giant BP over the disaster caused by its well in the Gulf of Mexico. He said such a disaster would never happen in Brazil. According to Lula, the technology used by Brazil’s state-operated oil company Petrobras is superior to that which is used in the United States.
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10
Jun
10

Dead Humpback Whale Washes Ashore at Jones Beach

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Dead Humpback Whale Washes Ashore at Jones Beach

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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••• A necropsy- or an autopsy performed on an animal- will be performed on a massive whale that washed ashore in Jones Beach. Results from the necropsy should help biologists determine what caused the whale’s death.

The young, humpback whale was likely dead for a week when it came ashore on Thursday morning at Jones Beach State Park, east of field six.

Animal rescue crews could be seen surrounding the dead whale which was approximately 30 feeet long. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation was on the scene.
In April, a 30-foot-long baby whale weighing approximately 13 tons became stranded on Main Beach in East Hampton, Long Island and later died.

Beached whales are found on the east end of Long Island every year or two. Beached dolphins are more common, and have a “good success rate” because they can be taken to a rehabilitation tank.

According to NOAA , the humpback whale can reach up to 60 feet in length. There are only an estimated 550 humpback whales in the waters off of the northeast coast of the United States. They spend summer months in the waters, consuming up to 3,000 pounds of food per day.
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