Black Death: BP Oil Spill Blamed For Dolphin Die-Off
A new study says there is a direct link between the biggest oil spill in history and mass dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico.By Jamal Andress | May 21, 2015
"The progress continues, but that doesn't mean our job is done. BP is still here," says someone in a BP ad featuring the company's oil cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
But many dolphins are not.
A 2013 study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 95 percent of the more than 1,100 cetaceans — which includes dolphins, whales and porpoises — stranded by the oil spill have died. Scientists say the period between the BP oil spill and now is the Gulf of Mexico's longest ever die-off of marine mammals — especially bottlenose dolphins.