NJ expands patrols in wake of dolphin deaths

By Associated Press 8:08am, August 30, 2013
New Jersey is providing resources in the wake of an increase in dolphin deaths along the East Coast.

State Environmental Protection Department aircraft will look for stranded dolphins in the ocean.

The state will also pay for the Agriculture Department's lab in Ewing to conduct testing.

More than 70 dolphins have washed ashore in New Jersey since July. More than 100 have washed ashore in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.

Federal officials say a virus is likely to blame.

A virus killed off more than 700 dolphins along the East Coast in the 1980s.

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