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92nd Dead Dolphin Washes Ashore in NJ



    92nd Dead Dolphin Washes Ashore in NJ
    Marine Mammal Stranding Center
    A worker with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center sent this photo of one of the dead dolphins to NBC10.

    A trend continues on the Jersey Shore after another dead dolphin washed up Thursday morning in Brigantine.

    This dolphin marks the 92nd dead dolphin to wash ashore in New Jersey since early July, according to NBC40.net

    The dead mammal was discovered on 35th Street in the small shore town.

    A bottlenose dolphin that washed up last month tested positive for morbillivirus, a form of measles, but officials are hesitant to declare an outbreak as they are unsure if that's what killed all of the dolphins.

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    "...Because of the size of it right now, everybody's making that link at this point, but that is not a confirmed diagnosis or cause of this event at this point," National Oceanic and Atmospheic Administration's Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator Teri Rowles said.

    The deaths, however, have been delared an "unusual mortailty event" by the organization.

    New Jersey is pitching in on efforts to research the cause of the deaths by sending an aircraft to look for stranded dolphins in the ocean and paying for testing.

    The state is just one dolphin death away from trying the record of 93 set back in 1987, reports NBC40.

    So far, around 500 dead dolphins have washed up between New York and North Carolina.