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Dead Dolphin Washes Up on Mantoloking, Then Back Out to Sea

Anyone who sees it is urged to call the Marine Mammal Stranding Center

Dead dolphin on Mantoloking's shore. Credit: Barnegat Bay Island Facebook page
Dead dolphin on Mantoloking's shore. Credit: Barnegat Bay Island Facebook page
A large, dead dolphin washed up on Mantoloking's shore near Princeton Avenue on Wednesday.

It is the 29th dead dolphin to wash up on the Jersey Shore since July 9, said Bob Schoelkopf of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is urging the public to call the center if they see the dolphin, which was male and about seven feet long, or any strandings.

The stranding center had sent a crew to head to the scene, but then the dolphin washed out to sea, or may have been pulled by a shark, so the crew returned to its home base in Brigantine, Schoelkopf said.

What appear to be white patches on the skin of the dead dolphin, as shown in the attached photo, are actually spots where skin has dried and sloughed off, as typically happens when a creature has died, Schoelkopf said. 

For contact information and more details about the stranding center, click here.
Shelley August 08, 2013 at 03:47 PM
This is so sad...and the numbers are so large !! I wonder if the Marine Center is studying the problem !!
bayboat August 09, 2013 at 08:22 AM
Do dead deer in the woods get this kind of press?

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