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Bottlenose dolphins with missing teeth, lung disease, and abnormal hormone levels were found swimming in the Gulf of Mexico a year after the BP oil spill, US researchers say.
Pneumonia, liver disease and a pregnant female carrying a dead fetus were also reported in the first major study of dolphin health after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Half of the 32 dolphins studied off the coast of Louisiana in August 2011 -- a year and four months after the worst oil spill in US history began -- were judged to be seriously ill or in danger of dying.
"I've never seen such a high prevalence of very sick animals," said lead author Lori Schwacke, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
We need to increase awareness. I spoke with a friend last week, and mentioned Fukushima. He actually said, "I thought that was fixed."
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it makes me sad too, but more than that it infuriates me that those responsible are walking around free.
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Why would they not be walking around free. It was an accident. No crime was committed.
missing teeth, lung disease, and abnormal hormone levels
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The day after the spill made headlines, I remember driving past a BP full of 'people' filling up like nothing happened. I had to stop and roll down window to call them all f ing idiots. Of course, I was the weird one.
I've learned caring only aggravates me and accomplishes nothing. This country is a joke.edit on 1-2-2014 by slunteri because: (no reason given)edit on 1-2-2014 by slunteri because: (no reason given)
Don't take this the wrong way because I am certainly not minimizing the extent of that spill, nor am I supporting big oil in any way, but at best that link is showing correlation only. Given the fact that one of the key players is a government institution, and therefore government funded, It would be wise to eye this with just a bit of skepticism until more definitive data is available.
Well ya know, I hate to say this but this is a storm that came out of the TROPICS, do you all understand that? I'm not allowed to call it the H word or the TS word, but you all get that it is really yes?