Dolphin count reaches 22 to wash up on South Jersey beaches - NBC40.net

Dolphin count reaches 22 to wash up on South Jersey beaches

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The New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife has joined the investigation to discover what's killing dolphins off the coast of New Jersey.

Two more dolphins washed up on South Jersey beaches today. Marine Mammal Stranding Center officials say that Thursday afternoon a dolphin came ashore still alive on the 17th Street beach in Ocean City, however the animal died before help could arrive. A coastal bottlenose dolphin washed up dead on the Fairmount Avenue Beach in Margate around 8:15 Thursday morning. This brings the number of dolphins to wash up since July 9th to 22. At least four of the 22 dolphins had viral pneumonia, one of them also tested positive for morbilli virus – the same ailment blamed for the deaths of 90 dolphins here in 1987.

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