Thursday, February 09, 2012

Rescuers Help Stranded Dolphins

This has been an different kind of year on the Outer Cape with far more dolphin strandings than usual. So far, we've had about 200 strandings, with only half being saved by the dedicated rescue teams that brave the cold and the cold water. The experts are baffled by the sheer numbers. They want to connect the increased strandings to the warmer weather we're having.  One theory (which I think makes some sense) is that we normally have an ice shelf the covers the low tide 'flats', preventing the dolphins from getting too close to land. With the ice missing they stray too close to shore and get surprised when they no longer has enough water to swim in.  Just a theory...

Check out this video from WHDH, Channel 7.

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