In a post on its website, BP responded to the study by cherry-picking facts to avoid blame:
The study on the Gulf's "unusual mortality event" (UME) reiterates what other experts, such as NOAA, have stated: the UME started three months before the Deepwater Horizon spill, and the cause or causes have not been determined. The study does not show that the accident adversely impacted dolphin populations.
This isn't the first study to link the oil spill to dolphin deaths. A 2014 study found that dolphins in Louisiana's Barataria Bay have symptoms consistent with oil exposure, and were suffering from lung disease, adrenal problems and tooth loss. Even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said it is primarily investigating BP in the dolphin die-offs.
"The more we learn, the more clear that it becomes that the BP oil spill is continuing to impact wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico," Ryan Fikes, the National Wildlife's Gulf restoration scientist, said in a post on the group's website. "BP executives need to quit bashing the science - and the scientists - and accept the company's responsibility. It's time for BP to quit stalling so we can get started restoring the Gulf."