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February 22, 2011

Dead Dolphins in the Gulf

Oiled boom

Researchers have noticed an alarming spike in the number of deaths of baby dolphins in the past months. Stillborn or aborted dolphins have been washing up on the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama at rates 10 times than the normal expected number of deaths. On average, one or two infant dolphins are found dead in January and February; however, 17 have already been found dead this year. The cause of death is still unknown, but the relation to the BP oil disaster, which spewed millions of barrels of oil containing toxins and carcinogens into the Gulf, seems more than just a coincidence. It could also be related to the unprecedented amount of toxic dispersants used in the clean-up of the oil disaster. To learn more about these dolphins, click here.

(Photo by Julie Dermansky.)

-- Lauren Bertolino, Sierra Club Louisiana Intern

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