Quote:Since the beginning of July, more than 100 dolphins have washed up dead along the U.S. East Coast, from New York to Virginia. No one knows why, or whether the deaths are connected.
The number is a noticeable spike in mortality, about seven times the average for the month of July, according to stranding data collected by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. “It could take several months, if not longer, to determine what could be behind this,” said Maggie Mooney-Seus, spokeperson for NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
Mysterious Manatee and Dolphin Deaths in Florida Confound Scientists
Quote:Once a lush and healthy estuary, the Indian River Lagoon is now an enigmatic death trap. Running along 40 percent of Florida’s Atlantic coast, the lagoon’s brackish waters harbor a mysterious killer that has claimed the lives of hundreds of manatees, pelicans, and dolphins.
Nobody knows why.
Since last July, 51 dolphins, 111 manatees, and as many as 300 pelicans have perished in the lagoon. The deaths don’t follow an obvious pattern: Manatees are dying so quickly that some still have food in their mouths, while the dolphins and pelicans appear to be starving to death.
OCEAN CURRENTS LIKELY TO CARRY OIL ALONG ATLANTIC COAST
Quote:BOULDER—A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer. The modeling results are captured in a series of dramatic animations produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and collaborators.
BP Used Sickening Chemicals to Clean Gulf Coast Oil Spill
Quote:Last year, Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences reported finding lesions and grotesque deformities in sea life—including millions of shrimp with no eyes and crabs without eyes or claws. Since then, the horrifying effects have been even worse:
Toxins at 3,000 times the acceptable level in Gulf seafood
Dead dolphins in record numbers, killed by weakened immune systems and brucella bacteria
Blue crab populations wiped out
Oyster beds not reproducing
60% of coral on platforms killed