VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – More dead dolphins washed up on Virginia beaches over the weekend. The total number hit 164 dolphins Monday, after 25 were found along the coast from Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore.
The stranding response team at the Virginia Aquarium says the volume is so high, they may need help.
“Twenty-six dolphins in one weekend is something we can’t handle,” said Susan Barco, a researcher at the Virginia Aquarium. “If it continues at this rate, we are going to have to ask for outside help.”
Doctors from out of state are already aiding with the dolphin autopsies, known as necropsies. Dead dolphins were left at the door of the marine care center, because the freezers are already full. Most of the dolphins affected are males of all ages.