How Did the BP Oil Spill Affect Gulf Coast Wildlife? [Slide Show]
This year an unusually high number of dead baby dolphins have washed ashore in Alabama and Mississippi—roughly 300 dolphins in all since April 20, according to NOAA. Many of the calves show signs of having been stillborn, and oil spill-related toxicity may be to blame. But that question remains unanswered as BP and government agencies have seized and sequestered all such carcasses, says Casi Callaway, waterkeeper for Mobile Bay in Alabama. Regardless, such a high number of deaths is at least two times more than the long-term average, according to NOAA figures.