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Since the beginning of July, more than 100 dolphins have washed up dead along the U.S. East Coast, from New York to Virginia. No one knows why, or whether the deaths are connected.
Update, 8:30 a.m. Pacific: This morning, NOAA declared the increase in dolphin deaths an Unusual Mortality Event, which means the federal government will now assist in the investigation. “Based on the rapid increase in strandings over the last two weeks and the geographic extent of these mortalities, an infectious pathogen is at the top of the list of potential causes for this UME,” NOAA states. “But all potential causes of these mortalities will be evaluated.”
Update, 11:50 a.m. Pacific: NOAA now reports that 35 dolphins have died in August. Since July, only seven dolphins have been found stranded alive, but they died shortly after rescue. The stranding is affecting dolphins of all ages and sizes, and both sexes. Most of the carcasses have been too decomposed for further testing, but staff from the Virginia Aquarium retrieved a fresh male this morning that could be helpful. If you see stranded dolphins along the northeast coast, NOAA advises staying away from them and calling the Stranding and Entanglement Hotline: 1-866-755-6622.
When I hear about these kind of incidents, it makes me fully understand why some people want to step up to militancy in their attempts to save our environment from those poisoning it for profit.
Environmentalism is probably the most dangerous fastest spreading religion on the planet.