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2010-2014 Cetacean Unusual Mortality Event in Northern Gulf of Mexico

NOAA news release: “Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (as amended), an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for dolphins and whales (cetaceans) in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Texas/ Louisiana border through Franklin County, FL) from February 2010 through the present.These numbers are preliminary and may be subject to change. As of April 13, 2014, the UME involves 1,172 Cetacean “strandings” in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (5% stranded alive and 95% stranded dead). ”

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