This represents a roughly tenfold increase in the number of dolphins that would typically turn up dead along the East Coast during this four-month period.
The killer is a measles-type virus which causes fatal pneumonia and brain inflammation.
The previous similar outbreak occurred in 1987 and 88, resulting in 740-plus dolphin strandings.
Officials say the current die-off is only halfway through its expected time frame, and the final beach death toll in the bottlenose population may climb to around 1,500.
And without a way to vaccinate the wild population, there is little officials can do but collect the carcasses…
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