Devastating Skin Disease Covering up to 70% of a Dolphin's Body Tied to Climate Change
Published:22 Dec.2020    Source:The Marine Mammal Center

Scientists at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA -- the largest marine mammal hospital in the world -- and international colleagues have identified a novel skin disease in dolphins that is linked to climate change. 

The study is a groundbreaking discovery, as it is the first time since the disease first appeared in 2005 that scientists have been able to link a cause to the condition that affects coastal dolphin communities worldwide. Due to the decreased water salinity brought upon by climate change, the dolphins develop patchy and raised skin lesions across their bodies -- sometimes covering upwards of 70 percent of their skin.