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Oct 11, 2017 4:35 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cause Of Death Of Two Dolphins Found In Amagansett Is Unknown

The bottlenose dolphin found last weekend at Altantic Avenue Beach.  EAST HAMPTON TOWN MARINE PATROL
Oct 11, 2017 4:44 PM

Two bottlenose dolphins that washed ashore in Amagansett on October 6 and 7 showed signs of previous entanglement, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society said on Wednesday after performing necropsies on both animals.

The cause of death has not been determined in either case, however.

Both dolphins were female and sexually immature, or between 5 and 13 years old, according to the Conservation Society. The first one was reported by a member of the public at the Atlantic Avenue ocean beach on Friday, October 6, at about 2 p.m. The dolphin was 6.9 feet long and approximately 300 pounds. Found on the beach at Napeague Lane and reported on Saturday, October 7, at about 7 a.m., the second dolphin was 6.3 feet long and approximately 250 pounds.

East Hampton Marine Patrol assisted in the response efforts.

Both dolphins had lacerations on their skin consistent with entanglement, according to the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society. The second, smaller dolphin also had impressions on its tail “consistent with roping or line associated with netting.”

The deaths are being investigated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement, which protects marine wildlife by enforcing domestic laws and the terms of international treaties.

“Necropsies are an important research effort that allows us to better understand different marine mammal and sea turtle species,” the society’s chief scientist, Rob DiGiovanni, said in a statement. “Without understanding why animals are washing up dead we cannot make informed decisions on our impacts.”

The statement said the dolphins may have been an offshore species, considering their size in relation to their age and the fact that their bodies were free of marks commonly found on inshore dolphins.

The necropsies were performed Saturday afternoon and the dolphins were transferred to the East Hampton recycling center.

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