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When it comes to saving sea turtles, Israeli rescuers have discovered that mayonnaise is a miracle.

Employees at Israel’s National Sea Turtle Rescue Center are treating endangered green sea turtles affected by a devastating oil spill that has coated Israel’s coast with thick black tar.

Workers have been removing the toxic substance from the reptiles’ airways and found a creative way to flush it out of their digestive tracks. Mayo creates a barrier around the tar that better interacts with water, making the toxic substance less sticky.

It basically helps dilute the tar along each turtle’s digestive tract, stomach, and intestines; it also contains nutrients that the turtles are in need of, since their systems cannot handle regular food at the moment.

Thanks to the mayo, the rescued turtles are expected to recover in one to two weeks, after which they’ll be released into the wild.

Source: Ecowatch