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Dolphin Strandings Continue On Cape

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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)

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Animal rescuers say they have successfully herded more than 50 common dolphins out of Wellfleet Harbor on Cape Cod to avoid strandings.

But the International Fund for Animal Welfare said Friday three more stranded dolphins died Thursday night on the Barnstable harbor side of Sandy Neck. Two found stranded in that area were rescued and released off Town Neck Beach in Sandwich.

The organization says it’s keeping an eye out for more dolphins in the Barnstable and Wellfleet areas.

The IFAW says 160 dolphins have stranded on Cape Cod since Jan. 12. Of those, 120 have died and 40 have been rescued.

That’s far more than the yearly average of 37 common dolphin strandings over the last 12 years. Scientists say geography, weather changes or behavior of the dolphins’ prey may explain the increase.
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