Scientists are trying to figure out what killed 53 bottlenose dolphins ? many of them babies ? so far this year in the Gulf of Mexico.
A federal scientist says a recent surge of baby bottlenosed dolphin deaths has a precedent four years ago in Texas.
In the latest disturbing development from the spill-battered Gulf Coast, reports have been rolling in that the corpses of baby dolphins are washing up on beaches in the region. The dolphin death toll since January 15 has now reached 60--a number 12 times higher than the average death toll along 200 miles of coastline stretching [... ]
The death toll of dolphins found washed ashore along the U.S. Gulf Coast since last month has climbed to nearly 60, as puzzled scientists clamored to determine what was killing the marine mammals.
A month ago, Taz, a young Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf, was stranded on a sandbar off the coast of southern Florida.
GULFPORT -- Three more dolphin bodies were reported along Mississippi and Alabama beaches Thursday, but the number of dead infants did not officially change.
The current spike in bottlenose dolphin deaths is part of an ongoing mortality event that started more than a year ago, but the difference now is the number of babies involved, federal and independent scientists said Thursday.
A Pacific white-sided dolphin at the Shedd Aquarium is pregnant, aquarium officials announced.
At least 20 dolphin calves have washed up dead since mid-January on Mississippi and Alabama shores.
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