Dolphin Deaths In Gulf Region Spike, Probably Because Of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Posted by Trish Riley, February 23, 2011

Ten months ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving behind an “oil volcano” belching millions of gallons of poison into the waters of the Gulf region. The spill was stopped up in mid-September, weeks after most of the media started pretending that the massive quantities of oil had basically disappeared, perhaps eaten by magical microbes!

So, how is the marine life in the Gulf doing these days? Dying off, actually, thanks for asking!

Baby dolphins, some barely three feet in length, are washing up along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines at 10 times the normal rate of stillborn and infant deaths, researchers are finding.The Sun Herald has learned that 17 young dolphins, either aborted before they reached maturity or dead soon after birth, have been collected along the shorelines.

The director of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies, Moby Solangi (and yes, that’s a pretty fantastic name for someone who studies marine mammals), says that these findings are “significant, especially in light of the BP oil spill.” Indeed: one would imagine.

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