Unusual Dolphin Deaths

(CNN Report ) A total of 261 bottlenose dolphins were found stranded between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle, officials said.

Authorities discovered the dolphins between February 1 and May 31. A majority of them — 98% — were dead, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That number is “three times the historical average in the northern gulf,” said Erin Fougères, a marine mammal stranding program administrator for NOAA.


2019 bottlenose dolphin stranding locations by month along the Northern Gulf of Mexico UME region. (Louisiana-Florida Panhandle)

According to NOAA: It is too early to determine any potential causes of the UME. Many of the dolphins recovered are very decomposed, limiting the ability to collect samples to determine cause of illness or death. In addition, a number of dolphins have stranded in remote locations, which limits the Stranding Network’s ability to examine or recover the  carcass. Some of the stranded dolphins have had visible skin lesions that are consistent with freshwater exposure. Samples are being collected for testing.

In our opinion, it’s possible that the salinity of the ocean could be declining. Due to the polar caps melting at an alarming rate. Even now, as they Melt Polar bears have had to travel farther away from their natural habitat. Weeks ago a report was shared of a malnourished polar bear, entering suburban limits in search of food.

In 2018, the largest King Penguin colony experienced a rapid decline in population. Reports stated that only 60,000 breeding pairs are left when there used to be 500,000.

In our opinion, we truly believe this has to do with climate change and caps melting due to the climate change effect. As we know most of these animals food sources rely on salt, and those food sources eat algae, and plankton, a plant that lives in salt oceans. No salt equates to fewer food sources and the instability of the ecosystem.

The only correct course of action to take is to limit our carbon footprint. As well as switching to green technology. Only then can the planet fully heal.

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The Guardian - Gwen Cho

Vocal and Active for animal rights and welfare. I work with the animal welfare community offline and I am new to journalism. I'm also a volunteer at NYC no-kill shelters as well as humanitarian shelters.

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