4 dead dolphins wash up in Ocean View in 24-hour period

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 6:49 AM

UPDATE: Around 11:30 p.m., a man reported a dead dolphin at Ocean View Beach Park in Norfolk, making four dolphins ashore in Norfolk on Sunday.

NORFOLK -- Sunday, The Virginia Aquarium reported the bodies of 23 dolphins washed up on shorelines in the Commonwealth. 3 of those dead dolphins were on beaches in Ocean View.

People found 2 dolphins near Community Beach which sits off East Ocean View Avenue near  Chesapeake Boulevard. Someone spotted the body of the third dolphin on the sand near Seventh Bay Street.

The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team picked up 12 dead dolphins in the state Saturday. It received reports of 11 more dolphin deaths Sunday.

The bodies of dolphins have been washing up on shores along the East Coast in large numbers this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration labeled the situation an "unusual mortality event."

Scientists are investigating the series of deaths. The believe the Morbillivirus may be responsible. That class of virus leads to diseases including measles.

If you come across a beached dolphin, you can reach the Stranding Response Team at 757-385-7575.

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