Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Common dolphins get stranded in Cape Cod

Fourteen dolphins have washed ashore on Cape Cod Bay over the past few days.Members of the Cape Cod Stranding Network were able to push eight common dolphins back into the water. Four were found dead and two had to be euthanized.The strandings have stretched from Barnstable to Eastham.

The first dolphin was found Friday in Dennis. Several more came ashore in Brewster and Barnstable on Saturday and Sunday. Nine dolphins were found in the water near Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster on Monday.

Common dolphins can reach eight feet in length and weigh more than 200 pounds.Experts aren't sure if the dolphins were ill or became disoriented after getting too close to shore.

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