Dolphins facing multiple threats

11/17/2013 | Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Georgia Aquarium veterinarian Greg Bossart says he can't remember another time in his 30-plus years of studying dolphins that the marine mammals were suffering three simultaneous unusual mortality events. The cetacean effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continue to be realized, and scientists believe the exposure lowered immune thresholds and rendered dolphins susceptible to Brucella bacteria in some cases. At the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's east coast, toxic algae may have been behind 76 dolphin deaths, and morbillivirus has been linked to deaths along the Eastern Seaboard, with more losses expected before the outbreak wanes.

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