Thousands of Dolphins Dying in Gulf Waters

Dolphins are also dying off the coast of Peru in large numbers, what appears to be happening is a combination of factors are creating an environment where life is no longer sustainable in increasingly larger regions the worlds oceans. With oil still leaking into the Gulf of Mexico – I personally witnessed large areas of oil sheen on the water March 24, 2012 while flying over the GoM – combined with continuous radioactive contamination of the Pacific over the last two year and now another massive leak in the North Seas; the oceans are facing a disaster of unimaginable proportions.

One in which mankind in it’s current capacity, is proving does not have the moral, ethical or technological capabilities to handle in a responsible or competent manner. Which should be of major concern, especially when Rosalind Peterson recently reported that the web of life is in a state of collapse on land due to effects of chemtrail geo-engineering.

The people of Earth are facing a serious problem here…not to mention every “innocent” creature that depends on the web of life for sustenance. They didn’t ask for this…

Tim Wall
Discovery News
Tue, 03 Apr 2012 05:01 CDT
Bottlenose dolphin

© NASA, Wikimedia Commons
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) A dolphin surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana River near the Kennedy Space Center.
The dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico are in the midst of a massive die-off. The reasons why remain a complicated and mysterious mix of oil, bacteria, and the unknown.

Normally an average of 74 dolphins are stranded on the northern shore of the Gulf of Mexico each year, especially during the spring birthing season. But between February 2010 and April 1, 2012, 714 dolphins and other cetaceans have been reported as washed up on the coast from the Louisiana/Texas border through Franklin County, Florida, reported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 95 percent of the mammals were dead.

Since many of the dead dolphins sink, decompose or are eaten by scavengers before washing up, NOAA biologists believe that 714 represents only a fraction of the actual death count. NOAA declared the die-off an “Unusual Mortality Event” as per the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

Although the timing of die-off largely coincides with BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its aftermath, the deaths actually started increasing about two months before the April 20, 2010 explosion which started the months long oil spill.

Before the spill, 112 dolphins had already been reported stranded on the shore.

In the summer of 2011, NOAA tested 32 live dolphins in Barataria Bay, an area heavily impacted by the oil spill. The dolphins were underweight, anemic, had low blood sugar and/or some symptoms of liver and lung disease. Nearly half had abnormally low levels of hormones that help with stress response, metabolism and immune function.

The symptoms are consistent with those seen in animals exposed to oil.

But the mystery remains as to why the dolphins started dying before the spill. One possible culprit is Brucella bacteria. Since an initial find of 5 infected dolphins, NOAA has found an additional 11 infected dolphins washed up on the Gulf Coast. But dozens more showed no signs of infection.

NOAA’s investigation into the dolphin tragedy continues.


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