Gulf Spill Legacy: Oil Sinks, Dead Dolphins Float
An unusually high number of dead dolphins – many still-born infants – have washed ashore in Alabama and Mississippi in January and February, prompting some scientists along the Gulf to suggest a link between the deaths and the BP oil spill.
Scientists, as well as fishermen and residents living along the Gulf from Florida to Texas, have predicted since the day the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank that the impacts of the disaster would expose themselves over the coming month and years. The dead dolphins – as well as new reports of an ocean-floor near the sunken rig covered in oil – are reminders that the penalties of the spill are just beginning to be paid by nature.
The Sun Herald reports that 30 dead dolphins have washed up in the past two months, 24 of them babies either stillborn or premature. Typically there would be one or two per month.
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