June 24th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Saving the Dolphins: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, a charter boat captain helping in the Gulf oil clean up effort dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. We'll look at his life and death and the concerns for other fishermen. Plus, a look at what's being done to help save the dolphins and other marine mammals living in the Gulf.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    RIP Allen Kruse!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Belinda (New Orleans)

    I wonder what Jacques Cousteau would do if he were still alive? I still can't believe our beautiful Gulf Coast has been destroyed. My heart breaks new all over again everyday. Capt. Kruse, the 11 men, pelicans, the turtles, the dolphins, otters, birds, -- an entire way of life and eco-system–and these BP people keep playing it down. Where is their compassion and value for life?? Heartbreak–just heartbreak over here in the Gulf. How can any rig be allowed to operate in the Gulf again? It's a mass grave site...

    June 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good night David (Indiana), Megan, Starr, Gabriela, Emily and everyone!!

    Great show tonight and great live blog. Thanks!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Cindy Ferguson

    My Prayers go out to the Kruse family.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  5. David, Indiana

    @Starr, yes there is some progress, though it is loosing a wild and incredibly powerful force ( the leak in the well) Clearly all the help that is available is needed right now. Yes, it is nice to be outside, probably nice to go out and walk the dogs. Montana must be beautiful, haven't been to montana yet.

    A worrying interview with Alexandra Cousteau. Dolphins marines mammals, all the sea life that can will move to cleaner water but with all the dispersants, oil, methane, and natural gas in the water it must be dangerous for esp marine mammals.

    @Jo Ann yes the unified command should be giving that info to congress. Though I wonder why congress doesn't have any answers after two months.

    Sorry again to be late, busy here.

    Good night everyone.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  6. michelle

    Why are they allowed to use dispersant's, this could be more toxic than the oil itself. Could this be killing the mammals? Aren't these dispersant's banned in Europe?

    June 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Nicole The Netherlands

    Good Night Anderson! 360 team; Emily, Starr, David, Megan, Jo Ann, Nancy, Sree, Isabel, Smith, Kenya, Heather everyone
    Nice to be with you all!
    Hope tomorrow brings some miracles.. 😉

    June 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Carol

    With the lack of appropriate response to this devastation, I can't help but wish that the Green Party would run viable candidates. Officials that have any real authority seem more interested in exercising their power than protecting the wildlife and entire ecosystem. Thanks to Anderson and CNN for reporting so thoroughly on this. Your work for our gulf is greatly appreciated!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Karen, MN

    Good night!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and bloggers Emily, Mike, Nicole, Nancy, Sree, Starr, and Megan

    Stay tuned for the special "Gary and Tony have a baby", it is excellent!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Janet on the Gulf Coast

    It seems that people don't understand that the Oil and Seafood Industry are a way of life here. There is even a Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. Generations of families have made their living from these two industries. Our ecomomy relies on both. The moratorium on drilling will devastate us even more. Yes, I think BP was irresponsible and should be held accountable,but there are also Gulf Coast people that work for them that are not responsible for this disaster. Frankly, I want them to continue to make billions of dollars so they will beable to correct the damage they have already done.
    To Smith in Oregon – it takes more energy to make ethanol that the ethanol produced and guess what ? you have to use oil to produce it.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Be safe!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  13. lisal -canada

    the documentary is quite moving – very interesting and well done – it is nice to see happy families

    June 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  14. shirley

    My dad was talking about a similar spill in Saudi Arabia back in the 1970's I believe, He said they had it under control in about 3 days. Does anyone know anything about this?

    June 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Have a good night all, keep your chins up

    June 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  16. Sue R. Canton MI.


    Good night AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.

    Thanks again Anderson for your dedicated and outstanding reporting on the Gulf Disaster.

    Stay safe everyone.

    night AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Oh, I enjoy eating oysters!"

    June 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Tom

    are there no oysters or are the fishing grounds closed?

    June 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Joan in Connecticut

    Marie, yes... and I'm wondering, when the House of Representatives had Tony Hayward in for hearings, why they didn't ask him specific questions like that. I mean, he should be able to find out how much Corexit he's dumped into the gulf without waiting for some prolonged investigation. And why doesn't anyone tell him to stop?

    June 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Kathryn

    I live 3 hours from our North Carolina beaches and seeing this catastrophe unfold is like watching the death of our ocean, not to mention the impact on the lives of so many. I feel like we are standing around watching someone bleed to death, afraid to call 911 and get involved!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  21. mary

    Thank you Anderson for not being afraid to tell the truth about this mess in the Gulf. No wonder the BP execs. don't want to come on your show, because you will not let them "spin" like they do on the Morning shows. There is so much about this whole situation that really smells. BP doesn't care what happens in the Gulf, because it's not a part of their country that's being destroyed, and they will continue to be granted the right to make money here. There are so many unanswered questions as to why our governmental response to this crises has been and is nill. I hope you will continue to ask the real questions that no one else in the media will touch. Kudos to you, you are a true gem..

    June 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Renee

    @ Margery: I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your daughter. Know she is in God's hands now.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm |

    Why is BP being allowed to side-step everything that has to do with this disaster? No payments, lies, excuses and no reasonable accountability (at least as far as I have seen). They seem to run the show from clean-up to judges to the President. What is the reason fore this? Why is this well not closed now? We do not need to worry about what BP says. Seal the well now and force BP to pay. Seize assets, put persons in jail, take their personal monies. It is all tied together. And this is just to start.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  24. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Nicole, David, Isabel, Nancy, Starr, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

    Great show & blog tonight! (Good to see you Starr & Nicole)

    June 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  25. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Belinda (New Orleans) 10:47
    I totally agree! I can not understand why corexit is still being used. It is mind blowing to me, no do not understand..

    June 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Another great show tonight! Thank you Anderson and CNN for keeping this LIVE coverage in the forefront of America's minds.

    Good evening all...

    June 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Jay

    Is there a trade-off between using dispersants that keep the oil below the surface vs letting the oil float up (which is the lesser evil with hurricane season on hand)?

    What exactly was the reasoning behind the work stoppage at the sand berms – what is the threat to the ecosystem by continuing work by dredging the sea bed?

    Will courts still be a recourse for someone who feels they deserve better compensation than that offered by the escrow?

    June 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Di Berube

    Thank you Anderson Cooper, you and your show are by far the best. Bon nuit and many sweet dreams

    June 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Saveena, Pennsylvania

    Thanks to Anderson's informative show (AC360), we are being kept abreast of whats going on. Also thanks to all the contributing journalists, and behind the scenes people that help put this show together for us to be part of and/or view on TV.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Sandy


    I live on the Alabama Gulf Coast on a canal that goes into the Mississippi Sound and out to the Gulf. I want to thank you so much for covering this story almost every night since the spill happened. Your dedication to the "small" people down here will not be forgotten, when and if this ever ends. We have no one else like you to tell this story for us and you have been a blessing to us all. I hope you are finding some enjoyment while you are spending this time away from your home. You are the best!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  31. DarylAnn- Saratoga Springs, NY

    thank you Anderson Cooper for you excellent coverage on this mega disaster. I think it would be useful to stop referring to this crisis as an "oil spill" and start calling it for what it truly is either a "oil volcano" or "oil gusher". My thoughts and prayers are with all of the people along the Gulf coast.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Victoria in Missouri

    tonight i am physically sick from all of this. I can't handle the disinterest by big business and big government.
    We need to seriously limit our plastic usage.
    We are killing the earth and ourselves.
    Why wouldn't these poor people kill themselves. Their lives have been reduced to little and meaningless.
    How sad

    June 24, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Marie

    Anderson, again this is must-see TV for those of us aware of an ongoing emergency, not just a news story. BP is dumping both oil and dispersant into the Gulf, both in unknown quantities. Markey is just now trying to find out about the amounts of Corexit? I don't blame him, but it is Obama's EPA and why doesn't the White House know any of this? I'm disgusted with Obama's failure to seize leadership and make things happen.

    As a lifelong Northerner, though never seeing the Gulf myself, I am heartsick for the people and culture of the Southeast. I'd be down there with a shovel if needed.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  34. TJ

    The scope of this disaster is getting worse by the day.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  35. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Very disturbing story on the future of the marine mammals. Interesting interview with Alexandra Cousteau. Her and Phillipe have given great reports.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  36. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Aw,,,,,,I saw this dolphin brought ashore on the show last night. Was hoping for good news. the wildlife is slowing dying ,,independent scientists have been saying for two weeks now that the marine life are acting strange due to the dangerous levels of methane gas and lack of oxygen. But of coarse BP denies this.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  37. Rick Moffett

    Anderson, thanks for a compassionate and empathic story. Your willingness to share the experience of your friend who committed suicide showed an authentic sense of humanity in this situation. Thanks for being one of our finest journalists.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  38. nalini ouditt

    My heart breaks for these poor poor animals, being mercilessly tortured/killed in their own habitat...350 sea turtles? Tragic...they're probably inhaling all the toxicity, and dying slow painful deaths.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Joe Crow, Dallas, TX - please post - urgent

    No media outlet is covering the drilling of the BP relief wells day to day.....be the first. BP is not trustable to be doing the right thing on the relief wells – keep them honest.
    I am sure they are fumbling this too.....

    June 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
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