30 Mar '11, 4am

The BP oil spill last year could have killed as many as 5,000 cetaceans, which include dolphins & whales: Study

The BP oil spill last year could have killed as many as 5,000 cetaceans, which include dolphins & whales: Study

A bottlenose dolphin breaks the surface near Kennedy Space Center in this 2009 photo released by the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON - THE discovery of more than 100 dead dolphins on Gulf of Mexico shores likely reflects only a small fraction of the total killed by the BP oil spill last year, a study suggested on Wednesday. The actual toll among cetaceans, a group of mammals that includes whales, narwhals and dolphins, may be as much as 50 times higher, said the Canadian and American research team in the journal Conservation Letters. 'The Deepwater oil spill was the largest in US history, however, the recorded impact on wildlife was relatively low, leading to suggestions that the environmental damage of the disaster was actually modest,' said lead author Rob Williams from the University of British Columbia. 'This is because repor...

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