In the single largest case in two decades, dolphin stranding in the northeast on the Cape Cod coast continues. To date, 90 out of about 130 dolphins who have beached themselves on the hook-shaped coast, have died. New arrivals are still anticipated and their have been no clear answers as to why.
Watch this video of the events below:
Katie Moore, manager of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) marine mammal rescue speaks about the event:
“This event started on the 12th (of January) and is still continuing,”
Most of the dolphins involved seem very healthy and there doesn’t seem to be any obvious reason for the beachings. Some speculate climate change as a cause. Moore explained that she did’t see any pattern to the events but did point out:
“…(it’s) not only out of the ordinary, but it takes a huge toll on our resources. It’s hard labor.”
In an effort to understand the catastrophe, the IFAW has tagged some of the rescued dolphins to study their habits after leaving the beach. Taking further action the IFAW reported to congress about the strandings asking for continued funding to programs that would allow them to study such events. Fred O’Regan, President of the IFAW addressed the possible implications of the strandings on his blog friday:
“If scientists do not have the funds to determine the cause of a mass mortality event, there could be a threat to public health without anyone knowing”.