By Hardy Jones
Bottlenose dolphins are dying at a record rate in Brevard and Volusia Counties on the east coast of Florida. So far this year fifty one dolphins have been found stranded. In the entire year of 2009 the corpses of 55 dolphins were recovered in the same area.
Scientists from Hubbs Sea World Research Institute report they have no clue as to what is causing this unusual mortality event (UME).
Fifteen of these dolphins were found in the Indian River Lagoon, a body of water known to have high concentration of contamination that originates in the Agricultural lands around Lake Okeechobee. Recent studies have shown dolphins from the IRL (as well as Charleston Harbor) have severely compromised immune systems.