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They Are Killing The Dolphins

Gulf Gusher symbolMcClatchy reports on the infant deaths caused by BP’s greed: Infant dolphin deaths spiking in Gulf after oil spill

GULFPORT — Baby dolphins, some barely three feet in length, are washing up along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines at 10 times the normal rate of stillborn and infant deaths, researchers are finding.

The Sun Herald has learned that 17 young dolphins, either aborted before they reached maturity or dead soon after birth, have been collected along the shorelines.

The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies is doing necropsies, animal autopsies, on two of the babies now.

Dolphins were my childhood playmates in the bayou. They are mammals and have to breathe at the surface. When the surface is covered in oil they can’t breathe because their blowholes become clogged. The poisonous dispersants were sprayed on the surface oil, further affecting the dolphins. The fish the dolphins eat are also poisoned.

The dolphins are on the top of the food chain, just like humans, and the oil has poisoned the food chain.


1 cookiejill { 02.23.11 at 12:50 am }

Heartbreaking. One of my fondest childhood memories while wintering in Florida was being on the beach and wading out and having a school of dolphins, literally, come up and swim with my brother and I. It didn’t last for long…but…Magical.

2 Bryan { 02.23.11 at 10:50 pm }

The people with money just don’t care about the world. They believe that they can make the world conform to their wishes, and can’t accept that it doesn’t work that way.