An update on why dozens of baby dolphins are washing up dead in the Gulf of Mexico: The Sun Herald reports that federal officials have determined that some of the infants were stillborn--an important finding in discovering the exact cause of the abnormally high death rate.
The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippi notes that the deaths in January and February were outside of the season, but March is when a number of dolphins are found dead as "normal casualties in the birthing season." Of those found in the first two months of the year, "some were so small, they still had attached umbilical cords," and tests determined that they had never taken a breath. Read more: Sunherald.com and IMMS
More on the Gulf Oil Spill:
80 Dead Baby Dolphins Have Now Washed Ashore in the Gulf & We Just Don't Know Why
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