2019 Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event along the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Elevated bottlenose dolphin strandings have been occurring in the Northern Gulf of Mexico including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida (Alabama border through Franklin County) since February 1, 2019. As of July 18th, 290 dolphins have stranded since February 1, 2019 which is approximately three times higher than the average. This event has been declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME).