More Victims of BP Oil Disaster: Dead Baby Dolphins Coated With Oil
April 8, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)–Hundreds of dead baby dolphins are washing up onshore along the Gulf Coast a year after the BP oil spill, one of the worst environmental and economic disaster in U.S. history. Scientists have been at a loss to explain the disturbing deaths, but believed the toxic soup of 200 million gallons of oil and chemical dispersants fouling the Gulf waters is to blame for the carnage. Now, a number of baby dolphin corpses have washed ashore coated with oil linked to the BP oil spill. According to the Wall Street Journal, BP is not convinced the oil disaster they caused is to blame. “Hejdi Feick, a BP spokeswoman, said the oil company is aware of the washed-up dolphins and wants “to help in any way we can so the data is thoroughly analyzed to see if a cause can be determined.”‘ Do you feel better now? BP is on the case.
“I believe this is very very unusual what we’re dealing with. It’s a tenfold increase in calves that are dying,” Moby Solangi, the head of the Mississippi based Institute for Marine Mammal Research, told ABC News. “Every year, we get one or two babies that die. Now, we’re seeing stillborn, or preemies dying.” [...]
Solangi couldn’t directly link the two events but fears that the animals could have “ingested something that may have affected their reproduction.”
On Thursday, state officials were able to directly link the oil on the dolphins to the BP oil disaster.
“Six of the dolphins that washed up had oil on them. Chemical tests later showed that the oil was from the BP well, said Blair Mase, a NOAA official. Five of those dolphins were dead, she said.”
“In addition, nine other dolphins washed up with a substance on them that NOAA officials suspect was oil, but the source of that substance hasn’t been determined, she said.”
Transocean Ltd., the company that operated the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded, killing 11 workers and setting off the massive oil disaster in the Gulf states, recently patted itself on its back. The shameless oil drilling company celebrated “the best year in safety performance in our company’s history,” by handing out bonuses to its top executives.
The dolphin population hasn’t been so lucky.