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Va. dolphin deaths top 300

Wednesday - 9/18/2013, 3:10am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Virginia has recorded the deaths of more than 300 dolphins since they began washing ashore in July.

That number is many times more the number of dolphins that typically are found dead on state beaches. Over the past decade, the annual average has been 65.

While most of the deaths have occurred in Virginia, dolphins have washed up from New York to North Carolina.

In late August, federal fisheries scientists said preliminary results pointed to a virus that was the cause of the last dolphin die-off, in 1987.

There is no cure. Scientists say it must run its course.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/16hVxt0 ) said the deaths topped the 300 mark over the weekend.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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