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Endangered sea turtles dying in high numbers along Mississippi Gulf shore

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A dead sea turtle is carried out of the surf by Donald Tillman April 14, in Waveland, Mississippi. Local turtle activists Donald and Shirley Tillman say they have discovered 19 dead sea turtles in Mississippi in the month of April alone and suspect they are dying due to the effects of the BP oil spill. Endangered sea turtles and dolphins are still dying in high numbers in Mississippi, which continues to be impacted by tar balls and weathered oil. There have been 67 reported sea turtle deaths through April 11. April 20th marks the one-year anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

The BP spill hasn't been the environmental nightmare many thought, but it's still a nightmare in terms of the impact on locals trying to recover.

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A dead sea turtle is painted red as marked for removal nearly a week after it was pulled out of the surf in Waveland.

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Shirley Tillman looks on next to what she believes is oil mixed with dispersant in Waveland.

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A dying seagull is pulled away from the surf by Donald Tillman in Waveland.

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Activist Shirley Tillman writes a message in the sand next to dead sea turtle after it was pulled from the surf in Waveland.