Rescue efforts continued Friday morning after a pod of 16 Atlantic whitesided dolphins became stranded in the mudflats off Wellfleet, Mass.

Rescue efforts continued Friday morning after a pod of 16 Atlantic whitesided dolphins became stranded in the mudflats off Wellfleet, Mass.


Members of International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Marine Animal Rescue team located the dolphins in two locations: 10 in Drummer’s Cove and six in Loagy Bay. The team rescued four dolphins from Loagy Bay and another dolphin was found dead. A sixth dolphin was in poor health and had to be euthanized.


On Friday morning, more than 40 rescue personnel and volunteers were focusing their efforts on the remaining stranded dolphins in Drummer’s Cove.


Chris Cutter, a spokesman for IFAW, said of the eight dolphins in Drummer’s Cove, two have died, three remain unaccounted for, and rescuers are trying reach the three remaining dolphins.


“This is a good size stranding,” said Cutter.


A total of six dolphins have been rescued and released back to the sea. All six were in good health upon release. A group of trained volunteers and staff from the New England Aquarium also assisted with the rescue.


Cutter said about 40 people responded to the stranding, including members of IFAWs permanent response team, as well as trained volunteers.


Reports of marine mammal strandings are common on Cape Cod. Mammals include dolphins, whales and sea turtles.


“This [place] is a hot spot for marine stranding,” said Cutter, but the reason why the animals strand themselves is still unknown.


He added that the Cape’s geography, with its bays and coves, could play a part.


“It’s always difficult to find so many stranded animals,” said A.J. Cady, deputy director of programs for IFAW “And although treacherous conditions made it impossible to rescue all the animals, we were able to give a second chance to six of these wonderful creatures.”


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