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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies was on the front lines of saving dolphins and turtles after the Gulf oil spill. Now ...
officials are concerned about the 'strange spike' in baby dolphin deaths in the past month. (Feb. 28)
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SHOTLIST:AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYGulfport, Mississippi - February 28, 20131. Wide shot of dolphin rescued from the Gulf of Mexico jumping out of water2. Close up of dolphin3. Medium shot of dolphin swimming4. Medium shot of dolphin being fed 5. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (transcript below)6. Medium shot of Solangi on golf cart7. Close of up dolphin fin8. Medium shot of Solangi pointing to display9. Medium shot of workers, dolphins10. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (transcript below)11. Medium shot of Solangi, dolphin12. Medium shot of Solangi walking13. Wide shot of Solangi, turtleINSTITUTE FOR MARINE MAMMAL STUDIES - Handout, CourtesyDate/Location unknown14. File photo of dead dolphin15. File photo of dead dolphinAP - AP CLIENTS ONLYGulfport, Mississippi - February 28, 201316. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (transcript below)17. Close up of water in tank18. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (transcript below)19. Close up of dolphin being fed20. Medium shot of Solangi watching a dolphin swimming21. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (transcript below)22. Medium shot of Solangi23. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (transcript below)24. Wide shot of tree in water25. Wide shot of sun over waterVOICE OVER SCRIPT:THESE DOLPHINS WERE RESCUED FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO, STILL COPING IN SOME AREAS FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE OIL SPILL THREE YEARS AGO."SOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies "We handled the largest number of turtles and marine mammals in the Gulf during the BP oil spill."DR. MOBY SOLANGI AND 40 BIOLOGISTS WERE ON THE FRONT LINES TO SAVE THE WILDLIFE WHEN THE GULF OIL SPILL SHOOK THE REGIONTHEY WORK AT THE INSTITUTE FOR MARINE MAMMAL STUDIES IN GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI...AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WAS RECENTLY GIVEN RARE ACCESS INTO ORGANIZATION.SOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies "Either they were oiled, they were dead or they were alive and in need of rehabilitation."BECAUSE SOLANGI AND HIS TEAM HAVE SIGNIFICANT DATA AND HE MAY BE CALLED AS A WITNESS IN THE BP TRIAL IN NEW ORLEANS, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS ASKED HIM NOT TO DISCUSS ANY SPECIFIC NUMBERS OR FINDINGS FROM THE MAMMALS' AUTOPSIES THREE YEARS AGOSOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies "But during these years we have a pretty high percentage compared to what we had in the previous years."DR. SOLANGI IS REFERRING TO DEAD DOLPHINS AND IN THE PAST MONTHSOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies "We have seen a strange spike from January 13th to February 13th. We saw 13 dead dolphins but the strange things is that 11 of them were baby dolphins."A CONCERN FOR SCIENTISTS BECAUSE MOST OF THE DEATH IS USUALLY SPREAD ACROSS A RANGE OF AGESSOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies"This is kind of reminiscent of 2011 where we saw the majority of the mammals that died were baby dolphins. That is of concern."TODAY, HIS PATIENCE WITH THE RECOVERY IS THINNINGSOUNDBITE: Dr. Moby Solangi/The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies"I mean, what are we waiting for, the money is available. BP put up a billion dollars in NERTA funds, it has put up 500 million in research monies and we are nowhere in the restoration and recovery of both the wildlife and habitat." __ ROBERT RAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, GULFPORT MISSISSIPPI(****END****)