BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of dolphins stranded on Cape Cod during the past few weeks have died in New England’s second mass of marine mammal deaths in three months.

Since mid-January, 98 short-beaked common dolphins have stranded themselves on a 25-mile stretch of Cape Cod and 77 have died. Scientists are trying to figure out why.

They’re also researching whether there’s any link to a die-off this fall of 162 harbor seals. They’re carcasses were found between northern Massachusetts and Maine.

Scientists have determined the seal deaths were linked to an influenza virus similar to one found in birds. It had never been seen before in seals.

They say the initial indications are there’s no connection between the dolphin and seal deaths, but it’s too early to definitively rule it out.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (3)
  1. Megan says:

    Of course there is a link between the seals and the dolphins. And it’s not the bird flu. That’s totally absurd. The problem IS and always HAS BEEN the sonar used by the U.S. Army. Imagine a hundreds of people sceaming into your ear as loud as they could. Day in, day out. They tried to pass a law that would turn down the volume, because all the scientists know it’s the real problem. Of course, the Supreme Court shot it down because of “safety concerns”. Once again, our paranoia and militant attitude has waged a war against nature, and we are winning.

  2. Bruce says:

    Oh my….its all our fault again? Blackfish Beach, on cape Cod, was so named hundreds of years ago because of all the “blackfish” (dolphins) that routinely washed ashore…long before sonar was used by the “Army”….(The Navy is the branch of the service using sonar BTW.) We are a compassionate species but blaming ourselves for every natural event is self destructive as well as foolish.

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