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machenga
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11:48 PM on 08/27/2013
They say dolphins are smarter than people. They don't watch The Kardashians so I guess it's true.
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11:40 PM on 08/27/2013
I wonder if anything like this could be the result of incubating viruses from garbage illegally dumped by unscrupulous people or companies into our oceans because it's difficult to get rid of "bio hazardous" waste. We have seen it in barges that no ports allow to dock and which, mysteriously, find a way to come back empty...and the famous "poo-poo choo-choo" that made its way all the way to south Louisiana (which gave the smelly cars the rhyming name) which was also refused to deposit its garbage there. These both ended up SOMEwhere...and I suspect there are MANY more hazardous wastes illegally dumped. Probably in the oceans.
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12:10 AM on 08/28/2013
or as amigholzjr notes above, seismic testing for oil and gas.
11:35 PM on 08/27/2013
Time for a 2 child law, everyone needs to get on board.
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Heavy Mettle
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
11:33 PM on 08/27/2013
Antibiotic resistant strains are killing them off too. People, please try using WHITE Pepper in your food, or chop up a purple onion and pour Tabasco on it and spread it on a hamburger and drink some Tanqueray w/ tonic for minor problems like stomach aches, rashes, etc.

For minor topical staph infections use tea tree oil, oregano oil, etc. and drink some Tanqueray and tonic or wine. Turmeric is also a blood cleanser.

If you must resort to antibiotics, finish the entire course, then wait a week or so and eat some yogurt with probiotics to restore the good bacteria.
11:32 PM on 08/27/2013
Superstorm Sandy may have contributed to spreading this virus and the toxic waste affecting these dolphins immune systems throughout the Northeast waters.
11:21 PM on 08/27/2013
Questions a 6th grader might ask after learning about basic dolphin habits and habitat. Do west coast dolphins migrating south for the winter have the same symptoms and what are the ages of the dying dolphins, are the dolphins in captivity spreading it to one another?
11:11 PM on 08/27/2013
A plague-infected squirrel closed a California last month. Can fish contract the disease and do we know with certainty where these diseases originate; for example how does the flea contract the plague bacteria as it was assumed to be spread by fleas upon rats, however, the fleas thrived on the rats?
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slackhaus
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01:45 PM on 08/28/2013
Betty, you have some interesting questions.

1. Dolphins are mammals and very different form fish, so no fish are not susceptible to this disease. To use your plague reference. Rats had the disease in their blood but it did not have the same effects on them as it did on humans, it jumped from rats to humans by the flea bites. Also Plague is a bacterial infection and thus very different from a viral infection like Measles. Bacterial infections cross species quite easily compared to viruses which must undergo evolutionary changes to cross species due to the differences in DNA and how viruses replicate (using the hosts own cells and DNA).

As for west coast dolphins and those in captivity. I have not heard of such massive outbreaks either on the west coast or in captivity so I am guessing it has something to do with the ocean warming on the east coast making the dolphins more susceptible to the disease. Due to the way the ocean currents move on the different coasts you would not see the same outbreak as on the west coast the currents bring the frigid arctic waters down the west coast keeping the ocean waters cool there , meanwhile on the east coast, warm tropical water is carried up the coast, providing a warming effect up the coast, it is also what power hurricanes on their way to the north east.

Wow I have gotten off topic.
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coolhandluke84
coolhandluke84
11:05 PM on 08/27/2013
i think they are depressed because they cannot play with the tuna anymore. all the dolphin free nets are separating them from their friends
10:56 PM on 08/27/2013
You mean it wasn't from smoking?
dialabrain
Thinking Is Not Illegal.
10:56 PM on 08/27/2013
Alternative Explanations:
1. Obama's fault
2. The Democrats or The Republicans fault
3. The NSA or the NRA
4. Illegal Immigrant Dolphins
5. Black Dolphins because we all know how violent they are
6. Teen Dolphins because they are "out of control"
7. Muslim Dolphins
8....

or it could be exactly what the NOAA said.
11:01 PM on 08/27/2013
8. They saw Miley Cyrus performance on VMAs.
dialabrain
Thinking Is Not Illegal.
11:06 PM on 08/27/2013
I also forgot it could be a JFK assasination or Area 51 coverup
or cause by violent video games.
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RillyKewl
Fighting the War on Women
01:58 AM on 08/28/2013
You made me laugh.
Thanx.
dialabrain
Thinking Is Not Illegal.
02:58 AM on 08/28/2013
Welcome :)
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dsmithsfamily
odviusly i cant spel
10:49 PM on 08/27/2013
dolphins are mammals and we are susceptible to deezies, ok cant spell that going with virus, case in point other mass die offs. it would be good to get some independent studies to verify and confirm. not that i dont trust people, ok i lied i dont trust people
10:39 PM on 08/27/2013
I have stoped eating fish when the last time all the fish died and beached them selves, I started sayig that we should stop dumping into our oceans. We dum so much junk into our waters the fish can't remain healthy and I refuse to eat fish because of this.
10:10 PM on 08/27/2013
its due to another planetary Virus, i have studied this for years and our Conclusions have determined without a doubt that the Virus causing these deaths is the Virus plagueing this planet called Humans
10:06 PM on 08/27/2013
This is silly. Obviously the are taking their first steps to becoming land mammals but many will die during the transition period. Evolution is not instantaneous you know.
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slackhaus
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01:47 PM on 08/28/2013
I know it's a joke, but that's not how evolution works.
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10:03 PM on 08/27/2013
How long before someone tries to spin this into 'climate change caused the measles virus?'
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10:18 PM on 08/27/2013
I don't know.
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Jeremy Bursac
You're not the bossa nova me.
11:06 PM on 08/27/2013
This doesn't have to be climate related in order to realize that climate issues pose tremendous threats.

And warmer and more acidic oceans will have all kinds of negative and unforeseen effects; I don't know about helping ocean born viruses propagate or infect hosts, though.