Nine Dead Dolphins Found With Oil from BP Spill

A veterinary technician examines a dead bottlenose dolphin found on Ono Island, Alabama. (AP)
TAMPA (2011-4-7) -

It's been almost a year since the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig, and scientists are finding an increased number of dead dolphins and sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of those dead dolphins had oil on them whose source is the BP oil spill.

Since last April's oil spill, nearly 300 dolphins have been found "stranded" - either dead in the Gulf or dying on its beaches. That's according to an update Thursday from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA scientist Blair Mase says that's an unusually high number. But since many were found decomposed, it's hard to determine what killed them.

Mase says 15 of the dead dolphins were found with oil on them. Oil on nine of them was connected to the BP spill.

"Here, almost a year after the oil spill, we're still seeing evidence of dolphins washing ashore with oil in them," she said.

Mase says most of the deaths have been in Louisiana, but one dolphin was found washed ashore on Florida's panhandle.

As for the turtles, most of the ones found washed ashore are Kemps-Ridley, an endangered species.

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