Oiled dead dolphin found near the end of March -- NOAA: "Even though they have oil on them, it may not be the cause of death"


Scientists unsure why dolphins washing up dead, CNN, April 8, 2011:

... As recently as two weeks ago, scientists documented a dead dolphin with oil on its remains, [Blair Mase, NOAA's marine mammal investigations coordinator] said. ...

[T]he agency said nine oiled dolphins have been found since November 2, 2010. ...

"Even though they have oil on them, it may not be the cause of death," she said. "We want to look at the gamut of all the possibilities." ...

"We are looking at what is the impact of the oil spill and the response activities to the oil spill event, and what impact they had on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem," [NOAA Fisheries Stranding Program Coordinator Dr. Teri Rowles] said. "We did not say that the dolphins have died because of the oil, just that they have come back with oil on them." ...

7 comments to Oiled dead dolphin found near the end of March -- NOAA: "Even though they have oil on them, it may not be the cause of death"

  • grandma caesar

    yeah. they could have died from stress. or lack of oxygen due to clogged blowholes. or something having to do with the dispersants. but not bp oil. bp oil is good, and would never be mean to animals.

  • ivanthedestroyer77

    Really, lets cover you in oil and watch how long it takes you to Die … DIPPY!

  • Jean

    If the government shuts down, hopefully these NOAA personnel will be considered "non-essential", since they are obviously useless.

  • Chelsea

    Jean, they may be useless in this situation, but their weather reporting is MUCH NEEDED. I am NOT defending the NOAA in what is happening in the gulf, but last year my town was hit by 6 tornadoes from 11pm to 3:30am and without their radar feeds coupled with the NWS feeds, our sirens may have never detected anything, and we'd be DEAD!

  • Chelsea

    I meant to say "our local stations may have never detected anything" not the sirens. Sorry, that's still a very sore spot for me to even talk about.

  • Jean

    I've been really disappointed in NOAA's response to the oil disaster, especially since I had come to rely on the forecasts and expertise of the National Hurricane Center, which is a part of NOAA. The National Weather Service in Tallahassee also does an excellent job of predicting severe weather and getting the warnings issued.

  • xdrfox

    Them radar blimps have nothing to do with oil and different people running them, I am sure their are many with NOAA that would love to speak their peace about what has transpired and a few may have been the proverbial fly on the wall we may hear from later in time !

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