Jump to navigation. Ready to have your world turned upside down? Turns out the Deepwater Horizon spill contributed to a record number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf. I know, shocking, right? Anyway, a study published Wednesday found that the record dolphin die-off now occurring in the Gulf of Mexico is linked to contaminants from 's BP oil spill. Comparing tissue samples from dolphins in areas affected by the spill with dolphins that were not exposed, researchers found that one-third of the oil-exposed dolphins suffered from rare adrenal damage that hurt their ability to produce important hormones.
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All rights reserved. If the Gulf of Mexico oil spill kills just three sperm whales , it could seriously endanger the long-term survival of the Gulf's native whale population, scientists say. Right now between 1, and 1, sperm whales live year-round in the Gulf of Mexico, making up a distinct population from other Atlantic Ocean groups, in which males make yearly migrations. All sperm whales are considered endangered under the U. Endangered Species Act.
A sick and severely emaciated adolescent female sperm whale was found beached on the Florida coast near Tampa on Halloween. Lab results will be completed in a few weeks. A crowd gathers to look at a sperm whale that beached itself off of Madiera Beach, Fla.
Sperm whales are the largest of the toothed whales and have one of the widest global distributions of any marine mammal species. They are found in all deep oceans, from the equator to the edge of the pack ice in the Arctic and Antarctic. They are named after the waxy substance, spermaceti, found in their heads. Spermaceti was used in oil lamps, lubricants, and candles. Sperm whales were a prime target of the commercial whaling industry from to