Baby dolphins dying along oil-soaked US Gulf Coast

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 21:21 EDT
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GULFPORT, Mississippi – Baby dolphins are washing up dead along the oil-soaked US Gulf Coast at more than 10 times the normal rate in the first birthing season since the BP disaster, researchers said.

Some 17 baby dolphin corpses have been found along the shorelines of Alabama and Mississippi in the past two weeks, The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies said.

“The average is one or two a month. This year we have 17, and February isn’t even over yet,” said Moby Solangi, director of the Gulfport, Mississippi-based institute.

“For some reason, they’ve started aborting or they were dead before they were born.”

Solangi is awaiting results from a necropsy performed on two of the dolphins Monday to determine a cause of death.

But he called the high numbers an anomaly and said the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which unleashed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over three months, likely played a role.

Adult dolphin deaths tripled last year to 89 from a norm of about 30.

“We shouldn’t really jump to any conclusions until we get some results,” Solangi said. “But this is more than just a coincidence.”

Dolphins breed in the spring — around the time of the April 20 explosion that brought down the BP-leased drilling rig — and carry their young for 11 to 12 months.

Birthing season goes into full swing in March and April.

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.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LEUDUVF5EGJZRZETF3KV53P7BQ Thomas

    As soon as BP funnels enough money to Mississippi politicians, and that includes Barbour who wants to be president, this story will quickly die. Politicians and big businesses don’t care about dead dolphins, just as long as the money keeps coming in. It is already dead on tv. No news reports about it on any tv news reports.

  • Anonymous

    Its disgusting how the main stream media doesn’t air this on TV!!….Im not shocked..

  • dk504

    This story has not gone away. It’s not going to go away for generations. Born & raised in New OrleansI was blessed with a plethora of amazing seafood from the time I could eat solid food. For me, it was shrimp and I mean in a Bubba Gump way plus some. I have add on some many different ethnic variations from the Far to Middle East and beyond.
    I’ll never again be able to eat Gulf shrimp, not for the rest of my life. All because of BP, Halliburton and Transoceania. They have destroyed what was already a very fragile ecosystem.
    I know, poor, poor me. I can’t eat some of the best seafood God gave us, 40% of all seafood for the U.S.A.
    We seem to forget they murdered 11 men and no one has been held accountable. Poor little Lord Fauntleroy Fauntleroy, Tony Hayward, boo hoo-ed to get his life back. Something he had never lost, unlike those 11 men. And now our whale and dolphin population in the Gulf. He is the most pathetic milquetoast sociopath, a cretin inconvenienced while a volcano of crude erupted off our shores, and now you sit patiently like a Hannibel Lecter waiting for the next chance to kill.
    These companies and their actions have killed innocent hard working men, countless marine and fowl populations and ruined one of the most important fishing areas in our country. You and your have run back to your country like the rats you are while you have destroyed a huge chunk of the Gulf economy.
    Until the day I die and generations beyond, the Gulf seafood will be unfit for consumption and entire species will be destroyed because of your greed and insanity. HOW do you people sleep at night?

  • Anonymous

    if it walks like a duck and quacks ..it must be a duck!

    like when I worked at a nuke plant in PA as a laborer. We loaded low rad waste containers onto a truck going for disposal/storage. The name of the trucking company was “Hittman Trucking” out of Chicago, IL!

    but I would not anyway infer the mob controls the haz/rad waste industry ……..

  • Anonymous

    The disaster of the spill has not gone away but the MSM sure isn’t talking about it anymore. This story is dead in the water, pun not intended. Though it happens over, and over, and over again I am always amazed that NO ONE is ever held accountable for the disasters they cause; the Gulf spill, the economic disaster, the phony wars we were led into through a pack of lies, and 911 are a few examples. For being such a high-tech surveillance/spy on everyone in sight society we sure aren’t catching many of the bad guys.

  • Anonymous