Spike In Dolphin Deaths Directly Tied To Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Researchers Say

Emilio Cogliani

A dramatic increase in dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico is directly linked to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists concluded in a report published Wednesday.

Following the 2010 explosion on the drilling rig owned by British Petroleum (BP) and the subsequent spill of 4.9 million barrels (205.8 million gallons) of oil into the ocean, scientists have documented 1,281 dead and strandedcetaceans, primarily bottlenose dolphins, along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

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In this photo taken May 10, 2015, a dead dolphin washes ashore in the Gulf of Mexico on Grand Isle, Louisiana.

In 2011, Louisiana saw 163 dolphins stranded, while Mississippi had 111. By comparison, each of those states saw an average of 20 such incidents per year from 2002 through 2009, reported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

One in three of the dolphins recovered from the coasts of Louisiana…

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2 comments on “Spike In Dolphin Deaths Directly Tied To Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Researchers Say

  1. Of course it’s related… And it can be stopped! This is a timely post, not one to be liked, but needs to be here where people can take notice. Thank you for posting! 😢

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