Marine animal experts have noted an unusual sickness in dolphins worldwide over the past 15 years.
The investigators had been unable to explain what was going on for all that time, but they have now identified the dreadful cause of these scary cases: climate change.
“Marine species’ lives are impacted globally by the rise in ocean temperature. The Center for Marine Mammals’ Pádraig Duignan claimed that they are in grave danger.
In 2015, soon after Hurricane Katrina, an increasing number of dolphins started to show up with unusual skin conditions. They start to get weird wounds all over their bodies, which are excruciatingly painful for them, and finally they get so weak that they pass away.
The most severely impacted dolphin species have been bottlenoses, and examples have been documented in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Florida, and Australia. Finally, a report that details the dreadful situation that has so greatly damaged these creatures has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.
The research revealed a common factor among all the locations where the identical lesions were found in animals: the water’s salt content was reduced as a result of the presence of more fresh water where it would not typically exist.
All of this is a result of climate change’s destructive effects and the sharp rise in hurricanes, droughts, and storms. While many dolphins are used to varying salinities in the ocean, they are utterly unsuited to survive in freshwater habitats, which is exactly what is occurring.
Injuries that significantly impact your bloodstream are the end result.
“They are comparable to human third-degree burns. His organs collapse as a result of the injuries, according to a physician named Nahiid Stephens, which disturb the electrolytes in his blood.