Three dolphins have washed up on New Jersey beaches in the past week.
There have been no strandings reported in the past month, but three dolphins have died on the Jersey Shore this week, 92.7 Wobm reports.
According to Marine Mammal Stranding, the adult male common dolphin was initially found alive in Sea Isle City on Monday, October 2, before being pushed back into the sea by beachgoers. He then ran aground again and was euthanized due to his lack of weight and lethargy.
Two more dolphins, both adult bottlenose dolphins, were discovered Wednesday in Mantoloking and Keyport.
Dolphin in Keyport
Keyport resident M.D. Abramowitz told TAP in Hazlet & Keyport that she found the dolphin when she went to feed the swans Wednesday morning at the beach in her backyard around 6 a.m. and thought it was a fake.
All three are undergoing necropsy at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center or the New Jersey Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory. This year, 45 dolphins have washed up on New Jersey beaches.
After an adult pygmy sperm whale stranded on the beach at Loveladies on Long Beach Island on August 29, there were no dolphin or whale strandings for nearly a month. The next day, a bottlenose dolphin was found stranded in Cape May.
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