Eight dolphins have died after they became stranded on a beach in New Jersey, marine animal protection officials reported.
On Tuesday morning, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center posted on Facebook that a pod of eight “common dolphins” had become stranded in Sea Isle City and that staff members and a veterinarian had responded with assistance from local authorities.
According to the authorities at the time, two of the dolphins had died.
On Tuesday afternoon, officials said the veterinarian inspected the remaining six dolphins and decided to euthanize them to prevent further suffering.
Officials said that their illnesses were quickly deteriorating, and releasing them to the ocean would have prolonged their certain death.
The dolphins have been transported to the New Jersey State Lab for necropsies.
The Facebook post stated, “we share the public’s sorrow for these magnificent animals and hope that the necropsies will help us understand the reason for their stranding.”