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ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: A dolphin swims in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Atlantic City on August 28, 2022 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. With warming waters, dolphins and other mammals have been seen swimming and feeding closer to the shoreline.

New Jersey has had a dolphin problem for several months. The sea creatures have been ending up washed up on the Jersey Shore. Now another dolphin has been found dead.

Officials said that the dolphin was found on Sunday (April 16), per NJ.com. The dolphin was found in the area of 71st Street in Avalon. It was found at about 2:40 p.m., Avalon police Chief Jeff Christopher said, per the publication. The chief added that the Marine Mammal Stranding Center plans to remove the dolphin sometime today (April 17).

We’ve been seeing this frequently, sadly

This dolphin incident marks at least the 27th occurrence in New Jersey over several months.

Back in March, a pod of dolphins was pronounced dead after being found on the Jersey Shore.

According to Sea Isle City officials, the sea creatures washed up on 50th and 52nd Street beaches. “The city is aware that dolphins have washed up on the 50th and 52nd Street Beaches,” the Facebook post read. “Please do not approach them. Marine Mammal Stranding Center is on the way.”

According to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, two of the dolphins died on one of the beaches. The organization’s veterinarian euthanized the other six dolphins after it was determined that the sea creatures’ health was failing.

“The decision was made to humanely euthanize the dolphins to prevent further suffering, as returning them to the ocean would have only prolonged their inevitable death,” Marine Mammal Stranding Center said in a statement on Facebook.

“We share in the public’s sorrow for these beautiful animals and hope that the necropsies will help us understand the reason for their stranding,” Marine Mammal Stranding Center said.

“The people of New Jersey deserve better than to have local rule and input categorically dissed as we have already seen in Cape May and Ocean City and Sea Girt in my district will likely be next,” Rep. Chris Smith said at the time per News12 New Jersey. “Our well-founded concerns… including 30 shore mayors who signed a letter admonishing a pause—should not be trivialized, mocked or dismissed.”

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