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CZS' Sarasota Dolphin Research Program helps in analysis of oil spill on dolphins

A study was released yesterday that shows a clear link between dolphin illnesses and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The study compared the health of dolphins living in an area hit hard by the spill to the health assessment of dolphins that are part of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, which is the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population. Randall Wells, Ph.D., senior conservation scientist for the Society and director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (based at Florida’s Mote Marine Laboratory) has dedicated his life to studying dolphins. The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program is now in its 44th year, and Wells and his team of researchers focus on many aspects of dolphin biology, including health, behavior, genetics, environmental change, and adverse interactions with humans. The data collected helped in the analysis of the impact that the oil spill has had on dolphins in the area. Provided below is a link to an National Public Radio story about the study: http://www.npr.org/2013/12/19/255406326/scientists-charge-bp-oil-spill-gravely-injured-dolphins.