9 more dead dolphins found this week, Gulf total now 114 this year — NOAA has yet to send out ANY samples for testing


9 dead dolphins found since Saturday in Alabama and Mississippi, Press-Register, March 18, 2011:

[Emphasis Added]

Nine more dolphin carcasses were recovered in Alabama and Mississippi between Saturday and Wednesday, bringing the total for the two states to 62 since Jan. 1, according to a list compiled Wednesday by the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.

Current Totals

That list, which had been maintained online by the institute, has since been removed. ...

The federal tally is now 114 dead dolphins found throughout the Gulf states. Fifty of them are listed as neonatal, meaning they were either stillborn or aborted by their mothers.

Federal statistics from 2002 to 2007 suggest about 14 dead dolphins would normally wash ashore between January and March along the entire Gulf Coast...

NOAA Testing?

“The analytical facilities do not have the samples yet. We haven’t sent them out. Once we identify the proper analytic labs, we’ll send the samples out,” said [the top federal scientist investigating the deaths, NOAA's Blair] Mase.

She said that it would be months before any laboratory results would be available, and possibly longer before conclusions could be drawn. ...

“It is surprising that it has been almost a full year since the spill and they still haven’t selected labs for this kind of work,” [Ruth Carmichael, who studies marine mammals at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab] said.

Read the report here.

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