BOSTON - A record 129 dolphins have beached themselves along the scenic shores south of Boston in the past month, puzzling researchers trying to figure out why so many of the cetaceans are getting stranded in Cape Cod Bay.
The numbers recorded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) represent the largest stranding of a single species in the northeastern United States since the fund began keeping records in 1999.
Since the strandings began on Jan. 12, rescuers have released 37 of the marine mammals into deeper waters and 92 have died or washed ashore already dead, the fund said.
Researchers have performed nine full necropsies but have not found any pattern of disease or injury, IFAW spokeswoman Kerry Branon said.
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