10 Apr '12, 7pm

Mass Die-Off of Hundreds of Dolphins After BP Spill is "Unprecedented"

Mass Die-Off of Hundreds of Dolphins After BP Spill is "Unprecedented"

It has now been nearly two full years since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, loosing a massive geyser of oil into the marine ecosystems. Since then, biologists have been working diligently to understand the full impact that the disaster has wrought on the region's wildlife—even as the spill and its fallout slide further from the public's view. Of course, much of that fallout still has conservationists deeply concerned. One of the most worrisome phenomena to emerge in the wake of the spill is the mass die-off of hundreds of bottlenose dolphins, which the NRDC calls "unprecedented". Since the spill, over 600 dolphins have stranded themselves in the region hardest hit by oil, and 95% of them have died. In a fact sheet it just released on the topic, the NRDC elaborates: Over the last two years, an unusually high number of bottlenose dolphins have beach...

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