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Aug 22, 2013

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By Tina Susman, LA Times
August 22, 2013, 5:00 a.m.

Bottlenose dolphins are turning up dead or dying along East Coast beaches in such alarming  numbers this summer that national officials have declared an “unusual mortality event” and formed a team of experts to investigate the cause.

The problem is particularly acute in New Jersey and Virginia, but stranded dolphins have also been reported in New York, Maryland and Delaware, Maggie Mooney-Seus of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration’s Marine Fisheries Service said Wednesday.

“It has been going on at least since the beginning of July,” she said in a telephone interview.

Since July, at least 228 bottlenose dolphins have been found stranded in the region. A few have been alive when discovered on the sand, but all eventually died or were euthanized.

Nineteen stranded dolphins were found in New Jersey last month, compared with four in July 2012. An additional 40 have been found in New Jersey so far this month. New York reported 15 dead dolphins in July compared with one in July 2012. Virginia had 48 dead dolphins in July and 80 so far in August, according to the NOAA Marine Fisheries Service.

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