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Dead baby dolphins washing up in the Gulf

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Something is amiss off the shores of Mississippi and Alabama that have marine scientists concerned about the health of the region’s dolphin population, though it’s too early to pinpoint a cause with any certainty.

Since the beginning of the year, seventeen dead baby dolphins have washed up on the beaches, ten times the normal rate, which is one or two a month. Seeing that it is the first breeding season since the BP oil spill, scientists are autopsying the tiny mammals to discover a cause.

Noted Moby Solangi, director of The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies:

“We shouldn’t really jump to any conclusions until we get some results,” Solangi said. “But this is more than just a coincidence.”

Full story at The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies via Treehugger.

What’s happening to the dolphins?

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  • Susan Tiernan

    This is so disturbing, I feel sick to my stomach HEARING THIS and want to cry. Seriously, the impact of this catastrophy is not even measureable. SICKENING

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