First Dead Whale Found in Gulf Oil Spill

On Tuesday, the NOAA Ship Pisces discovered and reported a dead sperm whale 150 miles south of Pascagoula, Miss.

and 77 miles due south of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill site. The 25-foot whale was decomposed and thought to have been dead for several days, possibly more than a week. Sperm whales are listed as an endangered species.

A dead sperm whale has been found floating 77 miles south of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It's not yet clear whether exposure to oil caused the animal's death, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is conducting tests. The whale was found yesterday, but its condition suggests it may have been dead for several days or more than a week.