By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

BREWSTER (CBS) – Another dolphin rescue in Brewster Wednesday night brings the total number of stranded dolphins on Cape Cod to 111 since the new year began. The large number has the head of the International Fund for Animal Welfare going to Washington Friday to ask federal lawmakers for help.

“We think part of it is our geography. We know this area is very tidal. We have a lot of sand flats,” says IFAW’s stranding director, Brian Sharp. He adds that the reason dolphins keep washing up is still a mystery.

Researchers have performed necropsies on those that did not survive, but they have not been able to find an explanation.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

In the most recent incident, rescuers carried nine dolphins from a sand bar about an eighth of a mile off the Brewster shore. They drove them in trailers to deeper waters off Truro, and released them back into the ocean. All nine survived.

They’ve put satellite tags on four rescued in the last month. One showed up off the coast of Maine.

Comments (5)
  1. gramps says:

    Is the ‘Sun’ screwing up the ‘Dolphins’ internal ‘gps’ ability to navigate?

    Is the earths magnetic field changing & causing the Dolphins to veer a touch too far the ‘right’, causing them to be literally ‘HOOKED’ by Cape Cod’s shape?

    Are ‘Sun Spots’ affecting magnetic declination, difference between true north & magnetic north?


    Am I watching too many re-runs of ‘The Big Bang Theory’?

    1. tsalnew says:

      One of my favorite shows :) And some of those ideas are not out of the question.

      Just before the dolphins started beaching there were huge waves and high tides. The beach where I was had a good deal of erosion and some sand bars that formed where they had not previously been. I couldn’t help but wonder if this had something to do with it along with some lack of orientation because of the huge seas. Just a curious thought.

  2. Pam Miller says:

    If this story touches your heart, think about donating to this wonderful fund They need funds to help protect these beautiful mammals. Great job to all the IFAW Employees and volunteers who work tirelessly until the work is done.

  3. 57states57 says:

    i have noticed a lot of arial spraying lately around that area, chemtrails they call them, just a suggestion. i have been seeing them a lot this month, look for them on a sunny day way up.

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