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Massive strandings of dolphins began in January along the Cape Cod coast south of Boston, MA. The reason for the unusually large groups stranding themselves is currently unknown, but marine mammal rescue groups have scrambled into action to try to save as many as possible.
Although dozens have been found dead or too injured to be safely released, healthy dolphins stand a good chance if they can be moved quickly to deeper water. Teams transport them to areas where they can safely leave the Cape Cod Bay and return to the ocean.
Between Thursday, Jan. 12, and now, nearly twenty dolphins have been rescued and released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare's team.
The rescue team remains on alert and more than 300 volunteers are scanning the beaches for more dolphins needing help.
Marine biologists have tagged the dolphins with an identifier prior to release. IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team responds to live and dead stranded marine mammals on the shores of Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts throughout the year. The data that they collect helps scientists better understand the causes of these stranding and to prevent them in the future.
GreaterGood.org supports their efforts through contributions from the Gifts That Give More [tm] program featured at The Rainforest Site and The Animal Rescue Site.
Photos: 2012 IFAW/J.Cumes