Irish bookie Paddy Power's taking bets on the 1st species to become extinct as a result of the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. (Prior IntLawGrrls posts available here.)
Unfortunately, couldn't find the audio online. But articles linked here give the gist.
► Odds are that Kemp's Ridley Turtle, the species of the hatchling swimming above right (credit), will be the 1st to go, Power says.
► Not far behind is the bluefin tuna (below right) (credit) -- which, just this past March, failed to win protected status in negotiations under the rubric of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
► Louisiana's state bird, the brown pelican, lags in this macabre race, though yesterday's photo of an oil-blackened member of that "brown" species (left) (credit) may alter its odds.
This latest betting option seems to have turned a few stomachs. Power's response?
[T]he Irish bookmaker said it hoped the betting would 'highlight the environmental catastrophe' and the 'sure bet' that it would lead to the loss of some marine species.
The stated goal's a good one -- stirring environmental awareness among the punters, and, as Power said in the radio interview, reminding the human species of the costs of its "greed" for oil.