Scientists Connect BP Oil Spill to Baby Dolphin Deaths

Angelique Kokal, Reporter

Scientists believe the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is most likely to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of stillborn and baby dolphins that washed ashore following the 2010 destructive explosion.

Recent research released Tuesday by the Diseases of Aquatic Organisms found evidence linking health conditions of the mothers with their exposure to oil from the spill. They also say pregnant dolphins from Alabama and Mississippi, especially during 2011, were prone to earlier fetal losses than had previously been reported.

In the years following the BP spill, hundreds of dolphins were found dead in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.

This study compared the autopsy results of 69 dolphins found stranded along the Gulf Coast between February 2010 and December 2013 to similar studies of 26 perinatal dolphins found stranded outside the area of the oil spill in Florida and South Carolina.

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