Dolphin deaths and what the science shows

The largest dolphin die-off in Virginia history is a puzzle for researchers and the topic of an upcoming VIMS lecture.

Margaret Lynott, manager of the Stranding Response Program at the Virginia Aquarium, will address the stranding epidemic at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 in Waterman's Hall at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point.

So far, more than 1,000 bottlenose dolphin have died along the mid-Atlantic coast, most of them in Virginia. The deaths are believed caused by a morbillivirus, similar to measles in humans and distemper in canines.

The public is invited to attend this free lecture, part of VIMS' After Hours lecture series, but reservations are required due to limited space.

To register, call 804-684-7846 or go online to

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