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Mystery surrounds rise in dolphin deaths along East Coast

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Mystery surrounds rise in dolphin deaths along East Coast

Officials are trying to determine the cause of a sharp increase in dolphin deaths in Virginia and other East Coast states.

Five beached dolphins were found in Virginia alone on Thursday. In July, nearly four dozen dead dolphins were found, mostly in Norfolk and along the southern part of the Chesapeake Bay. That’s up from the typical six or seven usually picked up in July by the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team.

“We’ve had a steady number coming in at the beginning of the summer, and starting last week, the numbers spiked,” Susan Barco, research coordinator for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/11x9uEv). “We’re just trying to keep our head above water.”

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