Marine Mammal Stranding Center
New Jersey is stepping up its efforts to find out what is behind the recent rash of dolphin deaths at the shore.
For more information on the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, call (609) 266-0538.
Six more dolphins have been found dead on New Jersey beaches in recent days, bringing the total to 52 since July 9.
When you see a dolphin in trouble your initial instinct might be to try and help. Don’t!
Over the last month two dozen dolphins have been found dead on New Jersey beaches — including three in Cape May County since Thursday.
Since July 9th, the carcasses of 21 dolphins have washed up, from Monmouth County to Cape May.
The animal that washed up at the mouth of the Great Egg River was an adult Pygmy Sperm Whale — at 12 feet long, not much bigger than a dolphin.
Ocean surface temperatures along the South Jersey shore are already in the upper 70s.
Bob Schoelkopf, founding director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ, says pods of bottlenose dolphins have been back in the area for weeks.
In this country, shooting a whale is a crime, punishable by fines and jail time.