Deadly skin disease found in dolphins linked to climate change

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Deadly skin disease found in dolphins linked to climate change

Dolphins are aquatic mammals having a smile on the face. Almost everyone loves them because of their body shape, talent, and closer relationship with the human. But can you believe people are putting at risk their favorite sea animal?

Few dolphins were founded with a terrible skin disease that almost killing them off. Scientists have discovered it as a result of climate change. As their findings, this infection started in 2005 where Hurricane Katrina occurred in the USA. After 2005, marine biologists started finding a considerable amount of sick dolphins all over the world.

Deadly skin disease found in dolphins linked to climate change
Leeuwin the dolphin just before stranding in Australia. Simon Allen / University of Western Australia
Deadly skin disease found in dolphins linked to climate change
A Burrunan dolphin in Australia suffering from the fatal skin disease which scientists have linked to the climate crisis
(Kate Robb © Marine Mammal Foundation)

Extreme weather events such as floods, hurricanes, and other storms dump massive amounts of freshwater into saltwater systems. It changes the quality of water while causing skin disease for those exposed to the water for a long time. At firstly, skin becomes patchy and discolored, and later on, it spread 70% of the animal body. Then the Fungus, bacteria, and algae started to growing and scholars shows that it was equivalent to third-degree burns in the human body.

Deadly skin disease found in dolphins linked to climate change
A closeup view of a bottlenose dolphin shows signs of skin lesions associated with a deadly skin disease known as ulcerative dermatitis. In collaboration with Australian researchers, The Marine Mammal Center has found that the increasing frequency and severity of storm systems drastically decrease the salinity of coastal waters, causing fatal skin disease in dolphins worldwide. (Photo: Tim Morgan, Mississippi State University)
Deadly skin disease found in dolphins linked to climate change
An an affected female dolphin listless and close to death off the coast of Perth, Australia. Photograph: Dr Simon Allen, University of Western Australia.

“The breaks in the skin cause the dolphin to lose vital ions and proteins from their bodies; it kills them because it causes electrolyte disruptions in their bloodstream, and they ultimately end up with organ failure.” explained veterinary pathologist Nahiid Stephens from Murdoch University in Australia.

Deadly skin disease found in dolphins linked to climate change
The female dolphin stranded on the beach, with Perth in the background. Photograph: Dr Simon Allen, University of Western Australia.
Deadly skin disease found in dolphins linked to climate change
A dolphin in the postmortem room table at Murdoch University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, lying on its side showing severe skin lesions on its underside and the right side of its chest. Photograph: Dr Nahiid Stephens, Murdoch University.

It is a tragic cause the world will lose this friend if this happens continuously. So it’s not the US; it’s about ME to protect them as the way we protect our loved ones.

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