Stephen McCulloch, Examining Beached FL Dolphin
In 2008, bottlenose dolphins of Florida's Indian River Lagoon suffered a "marine mammal unusual mortality event." 46 dolphins died in the IRL. This year, it looks like another mortality event is underway. 75 Florida dolphins have died in 2010. Dolphins are being found emaciated, with respiratory problems, brain lesions, skin-eating fungal infections and other debilitating, detrimental signs.
The coastal waters where dolphin populations spend their lives have become a toxic soup, especially in estuaries. The EPA estimates that the Indian River Lagoon gets more than 400,000 pounds of phosphorus per year. That's 200,000 more pounds than it can sustain. The lagoon receives over 3 millions pounds of nitrogen per year. This is over 1 million pounds in excess than can be absorbed. These excess nutrients levels lead to harmful algal blooms, red tides, hypoxia, and dead zones. The greatest number of dolphin deaths occurs when nitrogen and Chlorophyll A (algae) levels are highest in their waters.
You can act to save these dolphins in two ways:

2. Visit ORI's "Environmental Stewardship, Changing Practices" page to learn about 4 problems polluting the dolphins' waters, simple steps you can take to address them, and our 1% For The Planet green business partners!

Oceanr River Dolphins Shirt
“Kyle Robinson has created a timeless iconic design that will inspire and honor individuals who care for wildlife, ecosystems and the planet. A limited edition, there will be no by-catch in the printing of this shirt.”
- Rob Moir
Eco Shirt Shop will donate 30% of the cost to ORI’s efforts to save the dolphins of Indian River Lagoon. Wear your love for oceans in style and demonstrate your active support of healthy coastal waters! You will be glad you did when people seeing your shirt return the dolphin’s smile.
ORI has partnered with artist Kyle Robinson to bring you this beautifully designed shirt. Kyle was inspired by Oceanus (the ocean river), the plight of dolphins suffering from excessive human waste of nitrogen and phosphorus nutrients into waterways, and the horrifying dolphin hunting shown by the film, The Cove.
For every shirt ordered, Kyle will donate a shirt to help clothe kids. Now you can help ORI and make a child smile with each shirt sold.
Include ORI in your holiday shopping. Kyle is gathering orders for a silk-screen print run. Order your dolphin shirt today!
Today’s purchase of the Ocean River Tee helps blue our waters by:
  • Lessening dependence on oil & petroleum based fertilizers 
  • Curbing discards, thereby prolonging landfill life and reducing toxic emissions from incinerators 
  • Promoting new recycling streams for polyester and plastic bottles 
  • Lessening air, water and soil contamination 
  • Rewarding farmers making the switch from conventional to organic cotton
Baikal Seals sleeping
Tales of Russia’s Sacred Sea, Lake Baikal are told on Rob’s episode 33 of Moir’s Environmental Dialogues. Peter Thomson, Environment Editor at the public radio program The World, describes visiting the world’s deepest, oldest, and largest supply of fresh water in his new book, “Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal.” 
For scientists Baikal is an enigma: at once both a healthy and a dying ecosystem.  Peter eloquently describes diving deep beneath cold, shimmering seas. The waters are unbelievably clear thanks to “the zillions of epischura trawling at any one time like a vast armada of aquatic vacuum cleaners, filtering Baikal’s water with extraordinary efficiency.” These shrimp-like critters are consumed by remarkable fish called “golomyonkas.” These fish swim perpendicular like seahorses and are, in turn, food for nerpas, the Baikal Seal.
Despite the clash of two very different fundamental faiths, complete with mirages and miracles, Peter finds hope in those struggling to save Lake Baikal.  But don’t take my word for it; listen to Ocean River Shields of Achilles radio for accounts of overcoming the obstacles to save wildlife and wild ecosystems.    
Baikal Seal collects
We need your support right now! Through your giving, ORI continues to educate the public and influence politicians to protect our precious rivers and oceans.  With your help we:
  • Fight to protect Indian River Lagoon dolphins from toxic slime
  • Advocate for a strong national ocean endowment to support ocean science and stewardship
  • Support Chelsea Creek Action Group's efforts to give East Boston locals their salt marsh 
  • Mobilize individuals and groups for effective environmental rules and policies
ORI is fighting to save critical habitats and wildlife. We can win these battles, but we need your support for these vital efforts. Please donate now.
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