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72 Dolphins Wash Up Dead on New Jersey Beaches

Friday, August 30, 2013

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More than 70 dolphins have washed up dead on New Jersey beaches. Most are bottlenose dolphins, the mammals that star in movies and aquarium shows.

A measles-like disease called morbillivirus, that causes brain infections, pneumonia and skin lesions, is confirmed in many of the dead dolphins. 

But it's not just New Jersey. Some 357 dolphins from New Jersey down to North Carolina have washed ashore since July 1, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Gov. Chris Christie has announced the state will be working with the federal government to find a solution. "What we’re trying to do is to put our scientists together,” Christie said. “They’re beautiful animals. None of us want to see them washing up on shore dead."

A morbillivirus outbreak in 1987-88 killed more than 700 dolphins along the East Coast.

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