01 Dec '11, 12pm

Green Blog: Hundreds of Dead Dolphins, an Intriguing Survivor

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies An injured dolphin as it appeared when it was rescued in Alabama last week. Four more dolphins washed up on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico this week. For coastal residents from Louisiana to Florida, the beached animals are a familair sight: hundreds of decomposing dolphin carcasses have turned up over the last two years. But last week, Alabama residents came across a stranded dolphin that was still alive, though badly injured. Moby Solangi, director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss., where the rescued dolphin is being cared for and studied, said the discovery presented the institute’s first opportunity in two years to examine a live dolphin that was ill. The researchers hope that studying the dolphin will yield clues to the principal cause of the die-off. “People in Alabama call it Chance,” Dr. Solangi said ...

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