NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The mystery of why so many dolphins have been found dead or dying on the East Coast this summer may be solved.
Marine biologists believe the dolphins could be suffering from a bacterial or viral infection with symptoms that resemble measles.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 488 dolphins have been stranded between New York and North Carolina since July 1. Of those, 333 have died, including 96 in New York and New Jersey. That’s more than nine times the historical average for the region during July and August.