Dolphins stranding themselves on the Cape
photo by David G. Curran via Cape Cod Today
As you may have heard, a group of dolphins stranded themselves on mud flats in Wellfleet two weeks ago. Well, yesterday, another group of eight atlantic white-sided dolphins stranded themselves, again in Wellfleet. The first group was tagged with satellite tags, so researchers were able to determine that those dolphins are out in deeper water and doing okay, and that yesterday’s group was a different set of dolphins.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare‘s Marine Mammal Rescue Team has been rescuing these dolphins and doing an incredible job. They rely heavily on volunteers and having the resources available to them to carry out these rescues. On the news last night, it was reported that they were able to tag the first group of dolphins with support from a grant, but that the grant money has run out so they are unable to satellite tag this second group.
I think it’s important that we support organizations like IFAW so that they can of course, continue their rescues, but so researchers have the means to study why this is happening. If we can understand why the dolphins are stranding themselves, maybe we can do something to prevent the problem in the first place.
Here’s video from their first rescue: