(WAVY) More dead dolphins are washing ashore along the East Coast. The plethora of standings is a mystery plaguing biologists.
103 bottlenose dolphins have been found on Virginia beaches this year, and 62 of those strandings were discovered between July 1 and August 5 along the Chesapeake Bay. The latest report came Wednesday afternoon on the Eastern Shore.
Because of the deaths, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an Unusual Mortality Event in the Mid-Atlantic. NOAA says the deaths are more than seven times the historical average.
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