Increase in dolphin sickness may be linked to BP oil spill

A study published on Wednesday, February 11 in the journal Plos One by a team of marine scientists from across the United States showed that bottlenose dolphins have been dying rapidly in the northern Gulf of Mexico between the years 2010 and 2013 – the period after London-based oil giant BP Plc’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded causing a massive oil spill into the gulf.

According to the research, “the location, timing, and magnitude of dolphin stranding trends observed following the [BP] oil spill, particularly statewide for Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, overlap with the location and magnitude of oil during the year following [the] spill.” The research is the most recent study that links the Deepwater Horizon oil spill severe health problems in dolphins, especially those that swim in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay. A similar study funded by BP in 2013 showed that the 4.2 million barrels of oil spilled into the gulf may have caused missing teeth, lung disease, and hormone imbalance in the dolphins within the area.

Marine life has been severely affected by the oil spill, and so has those whose livelihood depends on the gulf. If your livelihood has been affected by the BP oil spill, our attorneys at Williams Kherkher will work diligently towards the favorable resolution of your BP oil spill claim. Call our offices today at (800) 220-9341.

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