Sunday, February 12, 2012

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Mass Stranding and Die-Off - Cape Cod Dolphin Death Toll Reaches 103!

The number of unexplained dolphin deaths on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, rose Friday, with rescuers tallying the toll at 103.

About 160 common dolphins have been found since the animals began stranding themselves in early January, said Michael Booth, a spokesman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the organization leading the rescue the effort.

The beachings have puzzled investigators, as rescue team members struggle to treat, tag and transport the living dolphins to the outer Cape Cod coast to be released. - CNN.
WATCH: More dolphin strandings on Cape Cod.

Meanwhile, late on Saturday afternoon, a common dolpin was still swimming in circles in an Ocean City lagoon.
The common dolphin was first spotted earlier this week and is far from its normal range, according to officials from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine. Anybody who tries to approach the dolphin on the water by boat, kayak or other marine craft faces potential fines or loss of license, according to Stranding Center Director Bob Schoelkopf. The Stranding Center will continue to monitor the situation in hopes the dolphin leaves the lagoon on its own. Unlike bottlenose dolphins, which are found in waters close to shore, the common dolphin typically travels in large groups at least 20 miles offshore. The mouths of many of Ocean City's lagoons are impassable at low tide, but the dolphin can leave at any mid or high tide. - Ocean City Patch.

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