Dead Baby Dolphins Washing Up Along Gulf Coast at 10 Times Normal Rates

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photo: Hawaii-Lisa via Flickr/Creative Commons

Not too much in way of detail on this yet, but scientists from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies are reporting that dead baby dolphins are washing up along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama at 10 times the normal rate. That is, more than the normal number that can be expected to be either stillborn or died in infancy. So far 17 baby dolphins have been found (14 in Alabama and 3 in Mississippi), in the first birthing season since the Gulf Oil Spill occurred. Normally just one or two dead babies are found in the region in January and February.

Director of IMMS Moby Solangi told the Sun Herald [emphasis is mine],

For some reason, [the dolphins] have started aborting or they were dead before they were born. We shouldn't really jump to any conclusions, but this is more than just a coincidence.

More on the Gulf Oil Spill:
Gulf Oil Spill Caused Inches of Dead Animals & Oil to Coat Seafloor
4,500 Animals Killed in BP Spill ... And Counting

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