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Hundreds of dolphins have washed up dead along the US Gulf Coast in recent months, an occurrence so strange, it is considered to be an “unusual mortality event” by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
More than 261 bottlenose dolphins stranded in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, officials said on Friday. The number is about three times higher than the average.
AT LEAST 60 OF THE ICE FOR SEALS TO DEATH HAS BEEN REPORTED IN ALASKA, OFFICIALS SAY
The collective deaths have been determined to be an “unusual mortality event” by NOAA, is defined as “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine mammal population; and demands immediate response.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said on Friday that more than 261 dolphins have stranded in the US Gulf Coast since the Sept. 1.
(Moby Solangi/the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, via AP)
Many of the dolphin carcasses recovered have been highly decomposed,” according to the officials. This limits the possibility to collect samples in order to determine the cause of the disease or of the dead.”
RARE FOOTAGE OF A DOLPHIN IS HELPING SCIENTISTS CRACK THE MYSTERY OF MARINE MAMMAL COMMUNICATION
NOAA says, is that “grounding” is when the marine mammals and sea turtles that are found dead on the beach, or floating in the vicinity of the seashore, or the creatures living in the vicinity of the coast, but you can’t go back to the sea on their own, or because of illness or because they are in need of help.
The scientists will examine the ongoing effects of the 2010 BP oil spill are to blame for the unusually high number of deaths for the species. Problems with the lungs, and the adrenal glands, which produce stress-related hormones; abnormalities in the blood, and the generally poor state, they were considered to be the effects of the oil spill.
Earlier reports said the leak contributed to the Gulf of Mexico’s oldest and largest dolphin die-off.
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“We have to know that some health conditions … and for improving it, but some of them are slow to change,” Teri Rowles, coordinator of NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, told The Associated Press. “The product is the heaviest oiled areas will remain below normal.”
Rowles said the scientists will also be examined more directly the effects of a low-salinity, because fresh water flows, high rivers, and a Louisiana spillway and contributed to the death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.