Gulf oil spill and endangered animals

Over 50 days into Louisiana's gushing oil disaster, people have stopped asking for answers and started demanding them.

But what about the animals?

Rescue crews are already helping, and as Action 4 News uncovered, the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi is on stand-by.

Kristin Ralls with the Texas State Aquarium tells Action 4 News, "If the time ever comes up that the oil moves towards Texas or that there's a mass stranding and we need to assist we're ready to respond at that time."

Right now aquarium staff members are monitoring the latest projections of the spill.

At the same it's hard to hear news happening outside of Texas, where endangered animals are washing up along several shores covered in oil.

Ralls says, "For example a Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle was recently rescued and it took them an hour and a half to clean the oil spill off of this turtle and Kemp TMs Ridley are the most endangered of sea turtles so that's tough to hear."

While South Texas officials are ready and waiting; others are on Capital Hill.

Like actor Kevin Costner who is a partner in Ocean Therapy Solutions.

Costner spoke out about the spill during Wednesday TMs house science energy and environment sub committee hearing.

Costner told the panel, "It was hard for me to fathom how we could engineer nuclear power and put a man on the moon but somehow not muster the technology to clean up an oil disaster of our own making."

Right now environmentalists don TMt know how long it will take for this disaster to be clean-up.

But it's a sad reality especially for those who dedicate their lives to helping endangered animals, like the Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle.

Ralls says, "There's so much work being done here in Brownsville up in Corpus Christi and in Florida to help improve and increase the Kemp TMs Ridley Sea Turtle population that it's tough to see those turtles being injured in something like this."