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Dolphins appearing by the hundreds in Chesapeake Bay: 'All of a sudden there were like 50 of them around us'

Dolphins appearing by the hundreds in Chesapeake Bay: 'All of a sudden there were like 50 of them around us'

A group of teenagers was learning to sail on the Patuxent River last summer when one of them spotted it in the distance: A dolphin’s fin bouncing above the water. They steered closer, and were quickly surrounded by friendly marine mammals.

“All of a sudden there were like 50 of them around us,” said Patuxent High School student Carolyn Wilson, an instructor for the Southern Maryland Sailing Association’s summer camp. She pulled out her iPhone and snapped some pictures.

Those photos helped researchers confirm one of hundreds of dolphin sightings reported around the Chesapeake Bay last year. An effort to better track movement of dolphins through the bay and its tributaries began...

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