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Three More Dolphins Die In Cape Strandings

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Members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare have rescued nine dolphins off of Ellis Landing Beach in Brewster. (Photo by David G. Curran)

Members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare have rescued nine dolphins off of Ellis Landing Beach in Brewster. (Photo by David G. Curran)

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WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Three more dolphins have died as the rash of strandings continue on Cape Cod.

The deaths Friday mean that of 116 common dolphins that have beached since Jan. 12, 84 have died. Rescuers saved 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 it.

Scientists have theories, ranging from geography, weather changes or behavior 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.

Massachusetts lawmakers held a Congressional briefing on the issue Friday

Friday’s death came after 10 dolphins approached Wellfleet, and four beached. Three died and one was rescued.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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