May 11, 2010 4:53 PM by Melissa Canone
SHIP ISLAND, Miss. (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are
treating the deaths of six dolphins on the Gulf Coast as
oil-related even though other factors may be to blame.
Blair Mase (MACE') of the National Marine Fisheries Service said
Tuesday that the carcasses have all been found in Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama since May 2. Samples have been sent for
testing to see whether a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
helped kill the dolphins.
Mase and animal rescue coordinator Michele Kelley in Louisiana
said none of the carcasses has obvious signs of oil. Mase also said
it's common for dead dolphins to wash up this time of year when
they are in shallow waters to calve.
The Associated Press found dolphins swimming and playing in oily
waters off Louisiana last week.
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