Five more dead bottlenose dolphins wash ashore in the Gulf of Mexico

by John Hocevar

February 25, 2011

Dolphin swimming in the Gulf

In the latest news from the Gulf of Mexico, five more bottlenose dolphins have washed ashore. This brings the total, so far this year, to a staggering 53!

Scientists are conducting necropsies, the results of which NOAA says we may not see for months. It’s depressing news, but we can likely expect more dolphin carcasses to appear in the Gulf again very soon.

Earlier in the week, I shared with you that four baby dolphins had washed ashore near Horn Island in the Gulf. Scientists have reported that the number of dolphin deaths is particularly high so far this year, prompting questions that there may be a connection to the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year.

I will keep you updated as the necropsy results come in and as we learn more about this horrible wave of dolphin deaths in the Gulf.

John Hocevar

By John Hocevar

An accomplished campaigner, explorer, and marine biologist, John has helped win several major victories for marine conservation since becoming the director of Greenpeace's oceans campaign in 2004.

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