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A recent report shows that impacts from the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are "far from over" -- and that bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are especially suffering.

These dolphins and their baby calves are just trying to swim and live in their natural habitat. That's hard enough with climate change warming the water -- now they have to deal with BP's lung and liver diseases, too?

According to National Geographic, "More than 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the oil spill area since April 2010. If you stretched the corpses lengthwise, that's 1.5 miles of dead dolphins."

Even though greedy BP has tried to get out of paying the settlement they agreed to, the courts are thankfully holding their feet to the fire. The next step -- making sure that money goes to the wildlife and Gulf communities who need it most -- is up to us.

Stand up for dolphins, and sign the petition to the Department of Commerce: Make sure BP fines are used for Gulf restoration! This petition needs 60,000 signatures by June 30 -- will you add your name today?

Thanks to BP's indifference and recklessness, sea turtles are in as much pain four years later as the dolphins: Scientists have found 500 dead turtles a year since the spill, far more than normal. All five of the Gulf's turtle species are already endangered, with their babies facing long odds of even making it to the ocean after hatching -- another threat from Big Oil is the last thing they need right now.

Loons, mahi mahi, sperm whales, and humans are all suffering, too -- but there is no legal guarantee that BP's fines will pay for BP's destruction. Will you sign the petition to make sure this money pays for habitat, environmental, and community restoration, not corporate development in fragile areas?

Dolphins and Gulf residents need you. Raise your voice today: Tell Secretary Pritzker to use BP's fines for habitat and community restoration, not unrelated side projects!

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  •  Makes me shed tears for our brethren under the (5+ / 0-)

    Water in the Gulf.

    Whatever the Foxteapublicans say, the opposite is the truth.

    by Forward is D not R on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:24:04 PM PDT

  •  this diary is very misleading . . . . (0+ / 0-)

    There has been no study linking the dead dolphins and sea turtles to the oil spill.

    On the other hand, there ARE studies linking a large number of deaths to the record cold winters Florida had in 2010 and 2011 (the two coldest winters since the 1980's). The sustained cold temperatures also killed a great number of manatees, who are not open-ocean dwellers and were not affected by the oil spill (none of the oil actually reached Florida's shallow-water shores).

    And the Feds have also identified a virus that is causing many dolphin deaths along the entire eastern coast of the US---on the other side of the state from where the oil spill happened.

    There is zero scientific evidence that any of these dolphin or sea turtle deaths are the result of the oil spill.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:46:00 PM PDT

    •  ps--there were a large number of manatee deaths in (0+ / 0-)

      2013 too--but these were the result of an unusually high level of "red tide" algal blooms, which poisoned the manatees. It had nothing to do with the oil spill. It more likely had something to do with rising ocean temperatures.

      I have no love whatever for BP (I live on the Gulf coast of Florida, and the fucking bastards are STILL grumbling about paying claims filed by Floridians who lost income because of the spill). But making arguments like "BP is killing the dolphins!!!", which are simply scientific nonsense and are demonstrably not true, does not help us. It only makes us look like scientifically-illiterate buffoons who swallow anything as long as it blames our favorite bad guy. So don't do it.

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:55:17 PM PDT

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    •  No study except this one (0+ / 0-)
      In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are dying in record numbers, and the evidence is stronger than ever that their demise is connected to the spill, according to Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, which issued the report.
      oh and this one
      Study links BP oil spill to dolphin deaths
      US government scientists have for the first time found direct evidence of toxic exposure in the Gulf of Mexico

      US government scientists have for the first time connected the BP oil disaster to dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, in a study finding direct evidence of toxic exposure.

      The study, led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found lung disease, hormonal abnormalities and other health effects among dolphins in an area heavily oiled during the BP spill.

      The diseases found in the dolphins at Barataria Bay in Louisiana – though rare – were consistent with exposure to oil, the scientists said

      You should really read the links before spouting your nonsense.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:17:31 PM PDT

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      •  and you should do some basic research before you (0+ / 0-)

        shoot your mouth off:

        National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports:

        2013-2014 Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event in the Mid-Atlantic

        Map of Stranding Locations
        Bottlenose dolphins have been stranding at elevated rates since July 2013 along the Atlantic coast from New York to Florida (through Brevard County). All ages of bottlenose dolphins are stranding. A few live animals have stranded, but most were found dead, many times very decomposed. Many dolphins have lesions on their skin, mouth, joints, or lungs.

        This event has been declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME).

        Based upon preliminary diagnostic testing and discussion with disease experts, we think the mortality event may be caused by cetacean morbillivirus.

        2004 Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event Along the Florida Panhandle

        bottlenose dolphin in watery grass bed
        Bottlenose Dolphin mortality
        (Tursiops truncatus)
        Photo: NOAA
        Executive Summary
        This interim report outlines the initial findings and the ongoing analyses in the investigation of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mortality event that began in March 2004. One hundred and seven (107) bottlenose dolphins stranded dead along the Florida Panhandle between March 10 and April 13, 2004. Hundreds of dead fish and marine invertebrates were also discovered in the area. The National Marine Fisheries Service formally declared the dolphin deaths an "Unusual Mortality Event" (UME) after consulting with the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events. A multi-agency investigation was initiated and is being conducted by Federal and state marine wildlife officials working in partnership with private research organizations and universities.

        Analyses conducted to date found brevetoxins, naturally occurring neurotoxins produced by Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide, at high levels in the stomach contents of all dolphins examined to date and at variable levels in the tissues of these animals. Metabolite concentrations in tissues of fish or dolphins are not yet completed. The concentrations of brevetoxins observed in the analyzed subsample of the stomach contents are greater than or equal to those observed in previous marine mammal mortality events associated with Florida red tides (Karenia brevis blooms) in the Gulf of Mexico. In most of the dolphins, the first chamber of the stomachs was gorged with large amounts of fish, some of which were partially whole and undigested indicating recent feeding. Fish (planktivorous, herbivorous, and omnivorous fish species) collected from St. Joseph Bay on March 18 tested positive for brevetoxins in stomach contents and in muscle, liver, and gill tissues whereas fish collected on March 28-31 also tested positive for brevetoxin but at much lower levels (except in sea trout). Satellite imagery of the northern Gulf of Mexico indicated elevated chlorophyll levels in the UME area March 9-11, 2004 but water samples collected March 11 and later in the area of the UME did not contain significant quantities of Karenia brevis, although low levels of brevetoxins were detected. Thus, the source of the brevetoxins involved in this event remains uncertain, but the presence of toxic fish and water suggests that there was an undetected bloom somewhere either in the bay itself or in waters in which the fish or dolphins were feeding. A similar dolphin UME occurred in 1999-2000 in the same area of Florida and was correlated with a Karenia brevis bloom.

        Cold killed record number of sea turtles

        ENDANGERED: Impact may be worse for loggerheads than for green sea variety

        A green sea turtle, estimated to be between 2 and 3 years old, swims in a medication tank at the Ann & Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center at Mote Marine in Sarasota Thursday. Mote treated 44 turtles stunned by the recent cold snap.

        Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.
        Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 11:45 p.m.
        Volunteers, state biologists and conservation groups across Florida mounted an unprecedented rescue effort to save most of the 5,000 endangered sea turtles found near death during this month's cold snap. Despite their successes, roughly 1,000 died, representing the biggest setback recorded for the endangered animals.

        "It will still be larger -- more mortalities -- than any other single event we've documented," said Allen Foley, a state biologist with expertise in sea turtle strandings.

        The last record sea turtle stranding because of cold occurred at the beginning of 2001, affecting about 400 turtles in St. Joe's Bay.

        During some of the worst red tide years, scientists see the number of dead or fatally sickened turtles rise by 200 to 300 animals.

        Following this month's two-week cold snap, rescuers pulled thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles from frigid waters statewide and sent them for treatment to about a dozen different wildlife hospitals, including Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:58:15 PM PDT

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  •  the diary is correct about one thing . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    There is no legal guarantee than any of the fines BP pays actually go towards environmental restoration or mitigation.

    But that is a matter of federal and state laws. BP doesn't have anything to do with it--they don't get to decide where the money goes.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:49:58 PM PDT

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