Gulf Marine Mammal Research & Rescue Mission

by Whaleman Foundation
Aug 10, 2012

Gulf Marine Mammal Research Mission Update

Research Vessel Odyssey in the Gulf
Research Vessel Odyssey in the Gulf

It's been nearly 3 years since BP's oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, eventually leaking more than 200 million gallons of oil and unleashing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

According to a recent report that analyzed the spill's true toll on wildlife, its estimated that about 6,000 sea turtles, a staggering 82,000 birds, and 26,000 dolphins and whales were likely harmed by the spill.

Scientific eveidence now shows that the recent massive dolphin die off in the Gulf was a direct result of this oil spill.

After 3 summers of collecting data, we now have over 250 marine mammal biosies and we are currently analyzing all the new data while we prep the research vessel Odyssey for its 4th voyage this summer.

With your continued support, we plan to return to the Gulf every summer over the next decade to document what is happening there, document the contaminate levels we find there, and continue this critical work. We thank you all for your support!

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Mother and calf sperm whales

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Whaleman Foundation

Location: Lahaina, HI - USA
Website: http:/​/​​index.htm
Project Leader:
Jeff Pantukhoff
Lahaina, HI United States

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