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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.

Credit: Barnegat Bay Island Facebook Page
Credit: Barnegat Bay Island Facebook Page
Written by Denise Di Stephan

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.
jerry meaney August 08, 2013 at 12:19 PM
It is normal in moderation. This summer many more than normal. I believe that there are reports of a dolphin virus and some have had pneumonia. This does happen in different years, sometimes a large number and then nothing unusual for years. Visit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center's site for official or more info. They can also use
jerry meaney August 08, 2013 at 12:20 PM
volunteer help.
grace August 08, 2013 at 03:32 PM
should we be ating the fish caught in the ocean or bays this year? wondering if this dolphin death is related to sandy somehow
Robbie Jones August 08, 2013 at 09:35 PM
The population is really large right now - this it most likely normal.
justiceforall August 08, 2013 at 09:42 PM
The pneumonia cycle is actually extremely high within the dolphin population up and down the seaboard.

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