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Dolphins Dying On The Jersey Shore

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Meg chased the story about dolphins dying at an alarming rate in New Jersey. She went south to Brigantine, New Jersey to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center where she met up with Captain Bob Schoelkopf who told her that the dolphins in our area are having a bad “flu season” much like humans would have.  For some reason this summer their immune systems are lowered and weakened causing many of them to die of respiratory pneumonia.  

Captain Bob urged beach-goers not to save or touch them. This is because they may already be dead when they wash up on shore and if they’re still alive it is very likely that a shark has been following the dead animal and is not far behind it. 

Captain Bob told Meg that they “had one occasion in Ocean City where the animal came in live on the beach and the beach patrol cleared the beach minutes before the dolphin washed up and it was immediately attacked by sand tiger sharks, and if people had been in the surf at the time trying to help it, they would have been victims as well.”

Since July 9th 63 dead dolphins have washed up on the Jersey Shore and shark sightings are rampant. The Chasers discuss the dangers that this poses for beach-goers especially kids and how people need to be aware that this is occurring for their own safety.

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