18th dead baby dolphin washes ashore in Northern Gulf of Mexico (VIDEO)

Fourth baby dolphin found dead on Horn Island (Updated 11:10 a.m.), Sun Herald, February 22, 2011:

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies has confirmed that a fourth baby dolphin has washed ashore on Horn Island…

Three baby dolphins were pinpointed Monday and a fourth was reported today by National Resource Advisory employees who are working with BP cleanup crews on the island. …

These infant dolphins are among the 18 reported since January. The four are also among the 28 total adult and infant dolphins reported since the beginning of the year. …

“With the oil spill, it is difficult,” [Blair Mase, NOAA’s marine mammal stranding coordinator for the Southeast region] said. … “We run the gamut of causes,” she said, including human impact, which would include the oil spill; infectious disease and bio-toxins…

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