U.S. Dolphin Deaths Rise to 300

by Rachel Baker on August 22, 2013

Apparently, there has been something big going on in the waters around the United States. Not only are dolphins on the East Coast washing ashore dead, but since 2010, there’s been an unusual increase in the number of dead dolphins and whales washing ashore on the gulf.

The high death toll, covering an area that stretches from New York to Virginia, has been labeled an “unusual mortality event,” and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has experts scrambling to figure out what’s going on.

Based on the rapid increase in dead bodies washing ashore, and the broad geographic reach, “an infectious pathogen is at the top of the list of potential causes,” according to NOAA’s website.

There are several stories for historical reference linked in this article.

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