Now 20 dead baby dolphins have washed up in Alabama, Mississippi; Most of them found during PAST WEEK — “More than just a coincidence”

Baby dolphin deaths spike along Gulf Coast, Reuters, February 22, 2011:


… The unusually large number of young dolphin deaths are being looked at as possible casualties of oil that fouled the Gulf of Mexico…

The bodies of 20 infant and stillborn dolphins have been discovered since January 20, most of them during the past week, on islands and beaches along a 130-mile stretch of coastline from Gulfport, Mississippi, east to Gulf Shores, Alabama.

That’s about 10 times the number normally found washed up along those two states during this time of the year, which is calving season for some 2,000 to 5,000 dolphins in the region, said Moby Solangi, director of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport. …

Read the report here.

Baby dolphins dying on oil-soaked US coast, AFP, February 23, 2011:

“We shouldn’t really jump to any conclusions until we get some results,” [Moby Solangi, director of the Gulfport, Mississippi-based institute] said. “But this is more than just a coincidence.” …

The oil from the spill spread through the water column in massive underwater plumes and also worked its way into the bays and shallow waters where dolphins breed and give birth.

Read the report here.

And remember this report from December? 46 ppm of toxic parts of crude oil found in jellyfish eaten by bottlenose dolphins

h/t Pam Brundige Batson

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