There has so far been one whale death that is attached to the oil spill. On June 17th there was a young sperm whale found dead 77 miles from the leaking well. This is of concern because sperm whales are an endangered animal, and 1700 known sperm whales living in the Gulf of Mexico area. This is a very fragile species with the females reaching sexual maturity very late in their lifespan. It will be interesting to see if more cases like this arise, and cross our fingers that they don’t.
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