Gulf of Mexico Dolphins Sick, Dying After BP Oil Spill

The dolphins could have ingested oil from sediments or water while feeding or by eating whole fish, which can harbor toxic chemicals.

Bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, Louisiana now are showing signs of severe ill health after coming in contact with oily waters from the BP oil spill nearly two years ago, warn NOAA marine mammal biologists and their local, state and federal research partners in a study released this week. Full Story »

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Tanya J. Maurer
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by Tanya J. Maurer - Apr. 3, 2012
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Caroline Silver
4.7
by Caroline Silver - Apr. 11, 2012

This article is good science news because it had a lot of details instead of perceptions. The details in the middle of the article about the necropsy of the dolphins was the most scientific. It is also good science news because it has timeliness in the fact that not only does it relate to a past issue but it is relevant today as well. It has impact and potential for conflict because it scientifically shows that even though the B.P spill happened quite some time ago, its still an issue.

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Lisandro Tolentino
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by Lisandro Tolentino - Apr. 4, 2012

Overall the article was interesting though I would enjoy more insight to how dangerous oil can be and what happens when the dolphins ingest it via water /food sources. It needs to be more in-depth when talking about "toxic chemicals"

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Lauren Matheson
by Lauren Matheson - Apr. 4, 2012

This article is important because it shows how dolphins are being effected in the Gulf of Mexico. The location is right in our back yard and if dolphins are being effected by the oil spill, humans may have a chance to be effected by it as well. Overall this is very good journalism in my opinion and it intrigues me to find out more on the topic.

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Sandy Nguyen
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by Sandy Nguyen - Apr. 3, 2012

I found this article to be engaging and interesting. It was relevant and described the dangers of oil spill in our oceans. While these events occurred in Louisiana, it offers an important message that ought to be recognized regardless of our current location. This article also provided factual evidence, which is a valuable feature as a scientific article.

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Jessica Yrani
3.3
by Jessica Yrani - Apr. 11, 2012

The story discusses the affect the BP oil spill is having on the lives and overall health of dolphins. Opinion piece relevant to this story could cover how the government needs to get involved with helping improve the health of the dolphins. Another opinion piece could focus on how long this oil spill is going to effect the wildlife and how the process be sped up.

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Matthew Copley
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by Matthew Copley - Apr. 3, 2012

Timeliness: This is a very recent article, written today (4/3), but the cause of the dolphins' deaths was because of the BP oil spill in 2010. Impact: There is little that can be done about the dolphins' deaths because they are already dead. As scientists perform the autopsies, hopefully they will devise a way to prevent more deaths. Currency: Prominence: Proximity: Although California is some distance from the Gulf, I chose this article because it is about an hour's drive from away Houston, my hometown. Unusual/Surprising: I can't say that I didn't see this coming. Given the amount of oil that BP spilled, the only surprise to me is that it took this long for animals to start dying from the oil.

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Anna Woelfel
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by Anna Woelfel - Apr. 11, 2012

This article shows the news values of conflict and bizarreness. Dolphins dying represent the conflict aspect and the fact that they are dying in such large numbers exemplify the bizarreness value.

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Alex Gutierrez
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by Alex Gutierrez - Apr. 3, 2012

I feel that this article demonstrates how we forget that we share the planet with mammals. This conveys how we ignore the signs of our eco systems that are in danger and continue to go unpunished for harming it. If the dolphins are feeling sick and dying, imagine if we were to eat the fish that they are eating? We would get as sick as well. We depend on fishery to feed us as well. So we have to correct this error and punish those who are responsible for it.

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Blue Deniz
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by Blue Deniz - Apr. 7, 2012

Environment must be protected .....we r destroying it

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