Study: Reproduction of Dolphins Hurt by BP Oil Spill

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Posted at 11:48 PM, Nov 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-03 18:55:35-05

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new study shows that dolphins living in a Louisiana bay polluted by BP's massive 2010 offshore oil spill have had a very difficult time giving birth long after their bay was covered in slicks.


The government study is the latest by a team of scientists that has tracked the health of a population of common bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, an estuary south of New Orleans covered in heavy slicks after BP's April 2010 oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.


The researchers tracked 10 pregnant dolphins for nearly four years and found that only two of the dolphins gave birth to calves.


The study was published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Britain.

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