Sea Isle City police are keeping the public clear of eight dolphins washed ashore Tuesday in New Jersey while they wait for veterinarians to arrive. Two dolphins were found dead. The Marine Mammal Center euthanized the remaining six dolphins, which were in poor condition. Photo courtesy of Sea Isle City
March 21 (UPI) — Eight dolphins have died after being washed ashore in a mass beach run at two beaches in New Jersey, according to the Marine Mammal Center.
two of dolphins died Tuesday on a beach in Sea Isle City, and the other six were found on another beach a few blocks away in disrepair. A Marine Mammal Center veterinarian euthanized six dolphins after he determined they were suffering and would not survive.
“The remaining six dolphins were examined by our veterinarian and were rapidly deteriorating,” the Marine Mammal Center said. said in a statement. “The decision was made to humanely euthanize the dolphins to prevent further suffering, as returning them to the ocean would only prolong their inevitable death.”
The dolphins were spotted on the beaches of 50th and 52nd Streets Tuesday, where the public was warned to stay away from the mammals so they can be appreciated. Police and rescuers covered the dolphins with blankets and doused them with ocean water for several hours until the Marine Mammal Rescue Center arrived.
All eight dolphins will be autopsied at a New Jersey lab to determine what happened.
“We share the public’s grief over these beautiful animals and hope that the autopsy will help us understand why they washed ashore,” the Marine Mammal Research Center said in a statement.