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Stranding specialists on alert after about 200 dolphins are sighted in Cape Cod Bay; 77 have already died

Approximately 200 dolphins have been sighted in the center of Cape Cod Bay, dolphin stranding specialists said today, announcing that rescue teams have been put on alert in case the dolphins come ashore.

“It’s a concern just given what’s happened in the recent past,” said A.J. Cady, a spokesman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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Since Jan. 12, 98 dolphin strandings have been confirmed, Cady said. Sixty-three of the animals were found dead. Of the 35 found alive, 11 died while being rescued, 24 were released, and three of those have since been found dead.

“We tend to get a bit more strandings this time of year,” Cady said. However, he said, “You certainly don’t see this kind of large strandings of common dolphin happen very often.”

He said that while there are several theories about the strandings, the cause is still a mystery. “At the moment, there’s nothing conclusive.”

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