Scientists Link Dolphin Deaths to BP Oil Spill

It appears no amount of cleaning can fix the long-term effects of oil contamination in fragile coastal habitats.

While officials in Santa Barbara, California continue efforts to clean up from last week’s oil spill, scientists say they can now definitively link the deaths of an unprecedented number of bottlenose dolphins to the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010—the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Along the northern Gulf of Mexico, dolphins have been found dead with severe lesions in their lungs and damage to their adrenal cortex—the region of the brain that regulates essential body functions like metabolism and blood pressure, among other things.

via Scientists Link Dolphin Deaths to BP Oil Spill – The Takeaway.

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