Oiled Dolphin Rescue Attempt Fails

In the Pensacola area, near Fort Pickens, a young oiled dolphin beached itself. A woman visiting from Arkansas saw the dolphin and tried to wipe off the oil. She and her family were in the water with the dolphin for quite a while with other people. Reportedly the dolphin was crying. Eventually they got the dolphin out of the water with the help of Coast Guard volunteers and a Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection officer and on the way to a rescue facility in Panama City. The dolphin, however, did not survive the journey. “It was so sad. It just broke our hearts,” the woman said.

More oil and more oil has been appearing in the area. Ft. Pickens is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The area is known for long stretches of beautiful beaches with white sand.

A Chicago biologist has fears for Gulf dolphins due to the oil in the water. He has been monitoring the health of a Florida dolphin population. Wind patterns are the critical factor he said, in how the oil moves throughout the Gulf. If winds spread the oil around more, there is a greater chance dolphins will be impacted negatively.

The NRDC has video of dolphins swimming in oiled water:

Healthy Dolphins in Clean Water at Pensacola:

Related Links
Rescue Ocean Life
Stop the Dolphin Slaughter

Image Credit: Gail Bishop

170 comments

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe3 years ago

And Shell are on their way to The Artic.

Miranda Parkinson

Here's to the days when this oil is no longer needed! Come soon!

Linda W.
Linda W.4 years ago

Here's to 'safe' off-shore oil companies (& their dirty political buddies)

Sofia Natsis
Sofia Natsis4 years ago

My heart breaks and aches, this is so incredibly sad.

Sofia Natsis
Sofia Natsis4 years ago

My heart breaks and aches, this is so incredibly sad.

aj E.
aj E.4 years ago

very sad.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.5 years ago

so sad

Judi Pittonet
Judi Pittonet5 years ago

this story just breaks my heart!!BP shall pay for this!!!!These poor innocent dolphins and sea mammals are dying because of us humans being to greedy!!!sooo sad its break my heart into a million pieces..:(:(Damn u to hell BP for this!!

Lika S.
Lika S.6 years ago

This makes me sad. How many species are supposed to suffer because of human greed and error?

Abo Ahmed r.
Abo r.6 years ago

noted