The 2010 BP oil disaster is not over for wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, according to National Wildlife Federation and Texas A&M experts. Their report released today found high numbers of deaths of dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife impacts in the area of the spill.
You’ve probably encountered those “Don’t Feed the Bears” signs in national parks. Well, it’s true of dolphins also.
NOAA has put out notice that the public should not feed, corral, swim or approach dolphins in the gulf, even if they appear distressed from possible exposure to the oil spill.
But residents concerned about suffering or stranded dolphins should call in about them on the federal government’s wildlife hotline at 866-557-1401.
While they wait for a response team, they can and should:
- Stay with the animal until rescuers arrive, but use caution. Keep a safe distance from the head and tail.