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US News Israel: turtles saved from an oil spill thanks to mayonnaise

15:20  26 february  2021
15:20  26 february  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Israel has been hard hit for several days by an oil spill. In order to save the oil-covered turtles, the healers have found a surprising solution: mayonnaise.

Since February 18, 2021, the Israeli coast has been hard hit by an unprecedented oil spill. The authorities are not yet sure of the cause of this disaster, but it seems that it is due to a vessel at sea. Due to a storm, oil was pushed to the coast, contaminating 40% of the coastline, a disaster for marine animals. "The beaches can be cleaned up, but rocky areas with fish, crabs or turtles have been the hardest hit," Michael Raphael, coordinator of the NGO Action Rebellion in Israel , told reporters.

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While hundreds of volunteers are busy cleaning the beaches, rescue centers for wild animals are also hard at work. This is particularly the case with the National Sea Turtle Rescue Center. Its founder, Yaniv Levy, told the Haaretz newspaper that the center has so far collected 27 turtles, including six with tar damage. In order to save these animals, the center uses a surprisingly surprising product to cleanse the digestive tract: mayonnaise. Vegetable oil is also used to thin the tar.

Mayonnaise to save turtles

"The turtles all arrived here with a layer of tar on their heads and in their eyes, nostrils, mouth, digestive system and stomach," he said. that kind of damage, they have no chance of surviving without treatment. We have removed the tar from their nostrils and eyes so they can breathe and see. "

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For his part, Guy Ivgy, medical assistant at the center, told the Associated Press news agency: "They came to us full of tar. Their whole trachea inside and out was full of tar. . We keep giving them things like mayonnaise, which cleanse the system and break down the tar. " Within one to two weeks, the turtles should be returned and can be released.

At this Israeli turtles hospital, oil spill victims are saved with Q-tips and mayonnaise

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- Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) February 24, 2021

Note that this is not the first time that mayonnaise has been used to save turtles. Turtle Hospital in Florida also uses it, describing the mayonnaise as "safe, non-toxic and effective in cleaning up petroleum-coated sea turtles."

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© REUTERS - AMIR COHEN Tar piles after an oil spill at sea which inundated a large part of the Mediterranean coast on a beach in Ashdod, in southern Israel, February 21, 2021. Greenpeace Israel criticizes the Jewish state's accusations against Iran regarding the oil spill that has plagued the country's coastline in recent weeks.

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