Officials are investigating the deaths of at least 37 dolphins along Georgia's coast in the last six weeks. That's more dead dolphins than the state usually sees in an entire year. A state biologist says he suspects a measles-like virus is the killer. The deaths appear limited to migrating dolphins and not the ones that live in Georgia year round.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says four dolphins found dead at Wassaw and Jekyll Islands in November tested positive for dolphin morbillivirus, a measles-like virus that affect the lungs, brain, and immune system of marine mammals. Georgia DNR officials say they’ve found 23 dead dolphins in the state since Nov. 15. Clay George of the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section says Georgia usually sees about 21 dolphins stranded on its shores per year