The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with responsibility for fisheries along US coasts, said a measles-like virus is the most likely cause for the high rate of bottlenose dolphin deaths this summer along the US Atlantic seaboard.
A new study on the Gulf of Mexico's coastal wetlands and wildlife a year after BP's Deepwater Horizon debacle suggests some wildlife species are recovering while others are in an imperiled state, with recoveries dependent on decisive action.
Scientists have confirmed the discovery of oil on dead dolphins that have been appearing along the US Gulf coast recently, with oil on some of the dead dolphins linked to the BP oil spill, according to a government agency.
New reports emerging from the US Gulf coast show an unusually high number of endangered sea turtles stranded along Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama shorelines, with government officials lax in their responsibility of documenting and testing them.
The Obama administration has issued a gag order on data over the recent spike of dead dolphins, including many stillborn infants, washing up on Mississippi and Alabama shorelines, and scientists say the restriction undermines the scientific process.
As dead dolphins continue washing ashore in Alabama and Mississippi, a Houston-based driller won approval on Friday for resuming its deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and is “eager” to return to its operations there.
The first birthing season for dolphins since BP’s disaster last year in the Gulf of Mexico is getting off on a tragic note, with at least 17 stillborn or infant dolphins discovered in the last two weeks along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines.