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Scientists work to determine cause of dolphin deaths in Cape Cod

More than 100 dolphins have become beached along the Cape Cod coastline over the last three weeks, with many dying shortly after, CBS News reports. Scientists are unsure why the dolphins are beaching themselves in what local rescuers are calling one of the worst cases the area has seen.

Marine biologist Misty Niemeyer has been trying to glean information from the dolphin's dead bodies, in order to determine whether the cause was geographic or weather related, or caused by a disease or other toxin in the waters.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has been responding to dolphin sightings in the Cape's waters, and were able to drive two away from shore on Monday, My Fox Boston reports. The third that was spotted beached itself and died before rescuers could revive it.

Since January 12, a total of 102 dolphins have been stranded, the news outlet reports. Thanks to the help of rescue workers, 21 dolphins have been released and are doing well.

Scientists from IFAW continue to conduct tests to find the cause of the mass strandings, but have yet to come to a conclusion. 
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