BP speaks out on mass dolphin deaths: Cold water, virus, infection, or naturally occurring neurotoxin — No mention of oil/Corexit

Read BP exec’s Facebook Q and A, Palm Beach Post, March 18th, 2011:

BP exec Dave Rainey, head of the oil giant’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, held his third Facebook chat yesterday. …

“Why are the dolphins dead?” Down Hiller, who asked the first question, wanted to know. …

“Thanks for your question. Everyone in BP is concerned about these media reports, and we are working with the various agency experts who are trying to determine whether these reports of dolphin stranding are related to the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Stranding incidents of this kind have occurred before (e.g., 1999-2000, 2004, and 2007). The most recent strandings began in February 2010, several months before the Deepwater Horizon incident began. Scientists are investigating a number of possible causes. For example, there appears to be a strong correlation between increased strandings and cold water conditions in the Gulf. Other possible causes that the experts are looking at are the presence of a virus, infection, or naturally occurring neurotoxin in the water.

Scientists from NOAA are performing necropsies, which are post-mortem exams, on the dolphins to determine the likely cause of death. I am told that the results of the necropsies may take a number of months to complete, and scientists have not yet been able to determine the cause. We, like you, will be watching to see what they conclude.”

Read the full transcript here.

See report from March 18: OUTRAGE: 9 more dead dolphins found this week, Gulf total now 114 this year — NOAA has yet to send out ANY samples for testing

11 comments to BP speaks out on mass dolphin deaths: Cold water, virus, infection, or naturally occurring neurotoxin — No mention of oil/Corexit

  • Luc Valentine

    “We, unlike you, will be paying for the necropsies, so just wait a few months until they get it like we want it.”

  • ivanthedestroyer77

    Demand an Independent Lab.

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  • xdrfox

    It’s agaist the law and a huge fine to take dead sealife from the shores (the peoples hands are tied) but I hope someone does soon so people who care can get to the bottom of this.

  • xdrfox

    Oil and Corexit weaken the immune system and make them more subject to get virus, infection, or naturally occurring neurotoxin that their bodies normally may have fought off or would not have eaten something if their foods were not sick too or was clean and plentiful !

  • xdrfox

    Some of the things that were told about the anomalies with the whales that washed ashore are exactly what the books say will acquire when they are introduced to oil in the habitat !
    I have seen no reading on the dolphins exsams as to visible problems other then the one lately of having been burned.

  • soozla

    It’s anything and everything but oil.
    Grand Isle is toast.
    Damn it.

  • Dixie

    This is utter BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • It’s sad to see the impact of the oil spill and yet while there may be differing opinions – I think most people are doing all they can to retify the situation (some damage of course can never be revered)…

    My family and I recently had an incredible dolphin experience. I was so inspired by the insights I learned from interacting with these beuatiful creatures and how they might be applied to the workplace that I created a short video:


    Terrence Gargiulo

  • xdrfox

    Terrence Gargiulo
    Nice, they won’t be with us much longer in the wild.

    Hope you told them how sorry we were for destroying their families world.

  • xdrfox

    Why you are not hear about what killed the dolphins / whales etc. Read the .pdf here, All about legal wrangling and it will take years to the truth, just like the Valdez and then some !


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