Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scientists baffled as more than a HUNDRED dolphins have been stranded off Cape Cod in less than a month

More than a hundred dolphins have now beached off Cape Cod as mammals continue to get inexplicably stranded on the region's beaches.

Three died on Friday, meaning that of 116 common dolphins that have beached since January 12, 84 have died, though rescuers have managed to save the rest.

This year’s strandings dwarf the average of 37 common dolphin strandings annually over the last 12 years, and no one can explain why the numbers have mysteriously spiked this year.

Scientists have theories, ranging from geography, weather changes or behaviour of their prey.

Mike Booth of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which is leading rescue efforts, said dolphins remain close off the Cape and more strandings are possible. Read More

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