Asbury Park Press: Latest dolphin death probed; is fatal virus spreading to whales?


Dolphin deaths are investigated by a necropsy technician at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. in this August file photo.
Photo Credit:  NJ Press Media File Photo

A dolphin that was discovered in a decomposed state on a Keansburg beach Monday is the latest to strand itself on a New Jersey beach this year, and experts say a virus that has killed other dolphins may be spreading to whales.

Robert Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, whose team picked up the dolphin, said it has been identified as a common dolphin, a different species than the bottlenose dolphins that have been washing up on East Coast beaches in record numbers since July.

 

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