Eight dolphins die after washing onto New Jersey beach

It is the latest in a wave of dolphin and whale strandings on New Jersey and New York beaches

Louise Boyle
Senior Climate Correspondent, New York
Wednesday 22 March 2023 15:17 GMT
Eight dolphins die after washing onto beach in New Jersey

Eight dolphins are dead after becoming stranded on a New Jersey beach, according to animal welfare officials.

The pod of so-called “common dolphins” came ashore at Sea Isle City, in the southern part of the state, on Tuesday morning.

Two dolphins died on the beach and the six remaining dolphins were later humanely euthanized, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center posted on Facebook.

The animals’ conditions had rapidly deteriorated after attempts to save them and returning them to the ocean would have prolonged their inevitable death, officials said.

All eight dolphins have been transported to the New Jersey State Lab for immediate necropsies. The results will not be available for several months.

“We share in the public’s sorrow for these beautiful animals, and hope that the necropsies will help us understand the reason for their stranding,” the centre wrote.

The dolphin deaths are the latest in a wave of unexplained dolphin and whale strandings at beaches in New Jersey and New York.

On 15th March, the centre responded to a report of two stranded dolphins on a sandbar near a pier in Sandy Hook Bay at the northern end of the Jersey Shore.

Two Common dolphins, a deceased adult and a calf,which was still alive, were rescued by staff and volunteers.

After a veterinary exam, it was determined that the calf was in an extremely weakened condition and could not survive. The decision was made to euthanize the creature to prevent any further suffering.

Some experts have pointed to the rise in ocean temperatures being driven by the climate crisis as a potential cause. Others have suggested that new sonar testing for the development of offshore wind farms could be having an impact on the marine mammals.

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