Satellite Imagery Aids Unusual Mortality Event Investigation
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science scientists provided satellite imagery products to help investigators understand why dozens of bottlenose dolphins have died in recent weeks. SeaWiFS chlorophyll and chlorophyll anomaly products were given to the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Protected Resources, which is currently responding to this Unusual Mortality Event. Approximately 60 bottlenose dolphins have washed up along Galveston and Jefferson counties (Texas) and western Louisiana over the past two weeks. Once a cause is identified management actions may be taken to lessen the possibility of a recurrence.