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A year after the BP oil spill, endangered sea turtles are still washing up dead on Gulf shores in large numbers.
However, a recent federal investigation suggests that the culprit is likely not oil.
Scientist are now pointing their rubber gloved fingers at fishing nets.
Sea Turtles are part of a growing number of dead fish, animals and birds she and other Mississippi residents have photographed washing in with the tides in recent weeks. For Shirley, a trip to the beach no longer provides the same relaxing refuge as before.
One Mississippi resident said:
"It’s very upsetting. I have never found anything like this until after the oil spill. It used to be if you found a dead dolphin or turtle it was front page news around here. Now it’s no big deal.”
There have been 38 dead or stranded turtles collected in Mississippi this year, most in the past few weeks.
Officials say possible causes could range from infectious disease, sudden shifts in water temperature, biotoxins such as red tide or the impact from the BP oil that polluted the area.
The only other Gulf state to report a rise in on-shore turtle deaths this year is Texas with 48, more than twice the number counted in 2009–the year before the BP oil blowout.
That year, the total number of on-shore turtle deaths in the Gulf shot up to 248, nearly five times the number from the previous year.
Scientists say it may be impossible to know if dolphin and turtle strandings are due to the BP oil blowout.
We have to find a cause to these poor animal deaths, and we need to stop it soon!
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The dolphin deaths are the latest in a series of mass animal deaths from around the world
Dozens of dead baby dolphins have mysteriously washed ashore in Alabama and Mississippi in the latest mass animal deaths.
Twenty-eight corpses have been found so far - ten times the usual number.
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is investigating the cause of the tragedy.
Scientists at the institute are carrying out tests on the marine mammals in attempt to find the cause of their deaths.
Reports say it is too early to tell if there is a connection between the deaths and last year's BP oil spill, which happened during the dolphin's breeding season.
Hopefully science will find an answer to the bizarre mass deaths soon.
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There has been a recent estimation concerning the animal deaths from the BP oil spill.
According to Restore the Gulf, the official federal government's website dealing with this situation there have been 6,104 dead birds, 609 dead sea turtles and 100 dead mammals, including dolphins.
These numbers include the 5 states: Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.
These numbers do come from only an initial field-level evaluation and all of these deaths may not have been due to the oil.
After the animals are found, Amore thorough examinations are done, such as a search for oil in the throat, mouth and eyes to rule if the spill was to blame.
Experts collected 535 living sea turtles, 456 of which were visibly oiled. Only two out of nine live mammals collected were visibly oiled. The birds did not do so good, 2,079 have been collected alive, every single one of them visibly oiled.
[Image via AP Images.]