Increasing Dolphin Deaths Worry marine Community
The East Coast marine community has raised concerns over increasing deaths among bottlenose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic region.
As per a notice put out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the number of bottlenose dolphins has been witnessed to go as high as seven times on shorelines in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, since early July.
The agency said that situation involves a few live dolphins and many dead and decomposed dolphins. As many as 299 strandings have been reported so far this year. The figures were revealed by a chart published by the agency. Total numbers of standings in last year were 111.
Pulmonary lesions have been cited the possible reason behind the death of some dolphins and morbillivirus infection was suggested by preliminary testing of one dolphin.
Large number of dolphins died because of the infection in 1987 and 1988. Over 700 dead bottle nose dolphins were found dead along the East Coast from New Jersey to Florida.
Mark Swingle is director of research and conservation for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach. He told the Time-Dispatch that August is looking even worse for dolphins. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center reported that 25 dolphins were found dead on Friday and Saturday.
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