Dead Dolphin Found on Sea Bright Shore

Dolphin deaths unusually high this year.

A dolphin that recently washed up onto a beach along the Jersey Shore. (Patch file photo)
A dolphin that recently washed up onto a beach along the Jersey Shore. (Patch file photo)

The unusually high tally of dead dolphins recovered along the shore just rose by one today.

A dead bottle nose dolphin was found on the shoreline of Sea Bright Wednesday morning, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press, which added that another had washed up onto the Sandy Hook shores on Sunday. This brings the total to 63 for the Jersey Shore, according to the report.

The mammals have been sent to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine for examination.

Experts have been trying to pinpoint the cause of what they've deemed a very high mortality rate among the dolphins in the area. There is a possibility that the deaths are linked to a virus called morbillivirus, as one of the dolphins had tested positive for it.

Several have been seen romping in not only area ocean waters, but also the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers.

Jay Mill August 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Wonder if anyone has checked the Naval station for possible toxic leaks?
Peter W Bennett August 31, 2013 at 07:20 AM
My 2 cents is that these deaths are due to the toxic sludge that Super Storm Sandy washed up, then left exposed to the sun and spring/summer rain, has made its way back to the ocean to infect the dolphins.


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