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New Jersey dead dolphin count reaches 52

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SOUTH JERSEY -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Six more dolphins have been found dead on New Jersey beaches, which now brings the total count to 52 dolphins.

Officials say severely decomposed dolphins washed up Saturday in Barnegat Light and Long Beach Township, both in Ocean County, and in Upper Township in Cape May County. That came one day after dolphins washed up in Seaside Heights in Ocean County, Longport in Atlantic County and Stone Harbor in Cape May County.

State officials have been working with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine to determine why so many dolphins are dying.       

The federal government has also been investigating the cause of dolphin deaths up and down the Eastern Seaboard this summer, exploring many possible causes such as disease, changes in the environment and human activities.

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