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Wildlife death toll from BP oil spill likely includes dolphins

May 13, 2010, 11:48 pm

mongabay.com
Jeremy Hance

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is taking its toll on the region's wildlife: brown pelicans, sea turtles, several species of fish, and now dolphins have been found dead.

The National Marine Fisheries Service reported today finding six dead dolphins in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama since May 2nd. Officials are saying the deaths could be related to the oil spill or may be due to natural deaths from calving. They are currently testing tissue samples to determine if oil pollution was a cause of death. Dolphins have been observed swimming in oil-stained waters off of Louisiana.

To date 38 individual sea turtles have been found dead, though researchers have not yet determined how many died due to the oil spill or perhaps other causes, such as ingestion of plastics or bycatch from fishers.

One bright side is that the impact of the oil spill hasn't brought in as many injured or dead birds as rescuers have expected.

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