20 Jul '12, 11am

Piecing the Puzzle Together on Dolphin Deaths

Piecing the Puzzle Together on Dolphin Deaths

Associated Press A dolphin in Breton Sound off the coast of Louisiana on May 1, 2010, less than two weeks after the BP oil spill began. Unusually cold water in the Gulf of Mexico combined with damage to the food web from the BP oil spill probably caused the premature deaths of hundreds of dolphins in the region, a new report concludes. The study, published in the journal PLoS One, suggests that a perfect storm of events led to the deaths. The researchers cited three specific stresses: an unusually cold winter in 2010, the oil spill from April to July of 2010 and an unusually large and rapid flow of very cold freshwater from melting snows in January 2011. Such cold water would have been tolerable to healthy dolphins, they suggested, but many of the dolphins in the northern Gulf were unhealthy and had thin blubber layers. Graham A.J. Worthy , a biologist and contributing aut...

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