Unsurprising Dolphin Study Results

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Dolphins, Environment | Posted on 21-05-2015

On Wednesday, May 20, David Biello for Scientific American examined results of a recent study that seems to have proven that the 2010 BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the cause of mass dolphin deaths between 2010 and 2012.

As Biello noted, researchers for the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego started from an unbiased viewpoint by checking every other potential cause. When they were able to rule out all other causes, they then turned to the side effects of petroleum exposure in mammals and found that the dolphins had lung and adrenal conditions, such as weak lungs, small adrenal glands and/or poor immune systems, that are easily a side effect of oil absorption and inhalation.

For many people, especially those who live along the Gulf, this news isn’t surprising. A lot of people who haven’t even entered the waters since the spill have reported health problems connected to eating fish from the Gulf and coming in contact with rain water containing Gulf water and oil.

Environmentally conscious folks at The Aspire New Brunswick have learned that BP has used the lack of health data about the dolphins from prior to the spill as support of the company’s belief that scientists can’t prove to 100 percent accuracy that the oil was responsible. The researchers argue that BP is picking and choosing facts, as they were able to replicate the same health problems in laboratory animal experiments.