Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info

Dead baby dolphins continue to wash ashore on Gulf beaches

Saturday, March 05, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: dolphins, Gulf Coast, health news

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
(NaturalNews) Dozens of dead baby and adult dolphins have washed ashore on Gulf beaches since the beginning of the year, according to new reports. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the rising death count is exceptionally high, especially because the normal birthing season for dolphins -- a time at which some baby dolphins inevitably end up dying -- is normally several months from now.

"We're definitely keeping a close eye on this situation," said Blair Mase, NOAA's marine mammal stranding coordinator for the Southeast region, to the Sun Herald. "We're comparing this to previous years, trying to find out what's going on here."

Since the beginning of 2011, there have been 28 reported incidents of dead dolphins washing ashore. Eighteen of these deaths occurred in infant dolphins, and none of the dead adults were pregnant females. The most recent of the deaths occurred at Horn Island, one of a chain of small islands that compose the Gulf Islands National Seashore Park near Pensacola, Fla.

"With the oil spill, it is difficult (to determine the cause of death)," said Mase to reporters. "It could be infectious related. Or it could be non-infection. We've run the gamut of causes." The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is currently conducting necropsies to determine the cause of death in the dolphins.

NOAA's recently-released Coastal Georgia Dolphin Health Assessment, a yearly report on the health of dolphins, found that levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in dolphins off the Georgia coast are the highest they have ever been in reported marine wildlife history, with a maximum concentration of 2,900 parts per million (ppm).

It is unclear whether or not the oil plumes from the BP disaster, or the Corexit chemicals used to disperse them, are at all implicated in the high PCB levels of Georgia dolphins or the recent Gulf dolphin deaths.

Sources for this story include:


STAY INFORMED! Free subscription to the Health Ranger's email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.