Dozens of Dolphins Die at Cape Cod

Rash of strandings puzzles experts
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2012 3:49 AM CST
Updated Jan 18, 2012 4:04 AM CST
Dozens of Dolphins Die at Cape Cod
New England Aquarium biologist Eric Payne, sits with a rescued common dolphin minutes before it is released back into Cape Cod Bay.   (AP Photo/Julia Cumes)

Volunteers in Cape Cod are scrambling to deal with an unusual spate of dolphin strandings. A solitary dolphin was found stranded last Thursday and dozens more followed in the days after. Nineteen were treated and released but eight others couldn't be saved, and another 32 washed ashore already dead, MSNBC reports.

Some 75 other dolphins have been spotted behaving erratically in Provincetown harbor and may be close to beaching themselves, the Cape Cod Times reports. The International Fund for Animal Welfare's rescue director say she has only ever seen one other season with such a high number of dolphin strandings. "It feels like stranding after stranding after stranding," she says. "It's definitely out of the ordinary." (More marine mammals stories.)

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