Devastating Disease in Dolphins Linked to Extreme Downpours


The gulf of mexico is home to thousands of bottlenose dolphins. The acrobatic animals can often be spotted leaping and splashing in the water but in recent years a devastating skin disease has afflicted some dolphins in the gulf and around the world research by park diagne of the marine mammal center in sausalito. California shows that climate change is to blame. He says more extreme storms affect how salty the water is in dolphins coastal habitats. Dolphins often live in bays and other areas where freshwater and saltwater mix these are dynamic have tested change with ties change with the weather changes the season. So when a big storm hits a lot of freshwater russia's out of rivers into these coastal waters and the salinity can drop dramatically that can cause lesions to develop on dolphins bodies diagne says that when the water returns to normal the lesions can heal and dolphins may recover but if the low salt levels persist in severe cases. We've seen dolphins that have died from this. Where eighty percents or so of the skin. Surface missing as climate change gets worse. Prolonged outbreaks could become more frequent and more dolphins will likely

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