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February 25th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

What's killing the dolphins?

Baby bottle-nose dolphins are washing up dead in record numbers on the shores of Alabama and Mississippi, alarming scientists and a federal agency charged with monitoring the health of the Gulf of Mexico. CNN's Kiran Chetry speaks to senior scientist of the National Wildlife Federation, Doug Inkley and he says the BP oil spill may have had a negative impact on the dolphins' fitness.

Filed under: Wildlife
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  1. lsn2me

    thankyou, cnn, for interviewing a biologist that does not conspicuously appear to have sold his integrity to those that sign his paycheck. strange terminology. though. makes we wonder about the "fitness" of those birds that fell from the sky. i wonder if rat poison would affect the "fitness" of the rat?

    March 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  2. peter

    The studies used by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to justify cheap and short term damage offers– although final and given only in exchange for covenants not to sue– are studies by folks who got their grant support from, guess who? BP!!!! At this point, a federal judge has ordered Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the Fund, to stop claiming to be independent and neutral. Instead, he has been ordered to disclose that he and his fund act for and on behalf of BP. It is interesting to read of numerous environmental studies by others, not beholden to BP, as they generally find significantly more problems and imply much longer impact than GCCF is willing to consider. Watch for human health studies relating to those who worked on the beaches and in the water when the oil and Corexit were blasting out of the Gulf's floor– should be interesting also.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  3. candy

    Recently I remember reading that dolphins affected by toxins usually pass them on to their first born calves as a way to eliminate their toxins from their own bodies

    February 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  4. Trisha Springstead RN MS

    Do Chemical Analysis for Tolune, Vibrio, Benzine, Hexane. That spill is killing humans also.
    Thank You

    February 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Metalshoeboy

    B.P Poisoned our Oceans and Skies for years to come .

    February 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  6. lois bedtelyon

    Dolpohins dying? Just another carcus is the wake of corporate greed.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  7. nancy

    Do the Government officials and BP bigwigs WANT to let the people know exactly WHAT is killing the Dolphins? Heck no. That's why some are skirting the issue by saying ~ "we may NEVER know what killed the dolphins". BS.......... The US people aren't as dumb as they think!!!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 am |