Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dead Sea Turtles in Mississippi Hits 99 for 2012

Dead sea turtles and dolphins continue to wash up along Mississippi beaches. MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports scientists are still trying to determine the cause of death.

"We’ve been responding to quite a few animals. In the last few days, we’ve had at least four live animals now, and then we’ve had a dead dolphin."

That’s Moby Solangi, president of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport. The institute has a hotline for reporting stranded turtles and dolphins. Solangi is on the beach at the end of Mockingbird Lane in Gulfport documenting a dead sea turtle.

"This animal has been dead for quite some time now. He is in pretty deteriorated condition."

He’s with biologist Alicia Carron.

"38 even..notch to tip 38 even, notch to notch 37.8."

This is the 99th dead turtle found this year in Mississippi, compared to 186 turtles that washed up in the state during the first four months of 2011. Read More