Pregnant dolphin washes up on Jersey Shore beach –

A pregnant Atlantic spotted dolphin was dead when it washed up on the beach in Sea Isle City on Sunday morning, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center said.

The approximately 300-pound dolphin was likely traveling with other dolphins from the southern Caribbean, became separated and had a difficult pregnancy, according to MMSC director Bob Schoelkopf.

It was spotted around 8 a.m. before the stranding center was notified.

The dolphin was brought to the New Jersey Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory for a necropsy that will determine its cause of death.

The stranding was just the sixth of a spotted dolphin the MMSCs 42-years of operation, the center said.

On Tuesday morning, a bottlenose dolphin that had likely been dead for some time washed up on the beach in the Leonardo section of Middletown, Schoelkopf said. The townships local public works department responded to remove it from the beach along the Raritan Bay.

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