An Atlantic Striped Dolphin emerges from a line of weathered oil
Photo: Ron Wooten/Marine Photobank
An Atlantic Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalbae) emerges from a line of weathered oil.
Not much is known about how mammals react to oil, but the imagery suggests they cannot distinguish between the oil on the surface and surrounding water. This seems most troubling, as this individual and all the other members of this pod of over 100 animals dove into and emerged through long lines of mousse in their journey through the Gulf of Mexico.