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Wildfire smoke could damage marine mammals' lungs

Five years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico were found to have severe lung diseases and infections, and their offspring had a high mortality rate, likely caused by burning oil on the water's surface. Marine mammals along the West Coast are probably at risk for the same health effects from wildfire smoke, and veterinarian Cara Field, medical director at the Marine Mammal Center, is urging researchers to begin collecting baseline data now.

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