Unknown if deaths of 3 dolphins are related

Posted: February 14, 2012

BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Experts said Monday that they did not know whether the recent deaths of three dolphins found along the Jersey Shore were related.

Officials with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine were notified Sunday afternoon about a common dolphin that was trapped between the rungs of a ladder underneath a dock in the Ocean City lagoon.

Robert Schoelkopf, director of the center, said it appeared that the dolphin got caught in the ladder, the Atlantic City Press reported. It was found about 4 p.m., roughly the same time another common dolphin was found on the beach in the Villas section of Lower Township.

Another common dolphin died Monday, shortly after it was found stranded but alive in the Barnegat Bay in Stafford.

It was not known late Monday what caused the dolphins' deaths.

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