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WASHINGTON – The deadliest known outbreak of a measles-like virus in bottlenose dolphins has killed a record number of the animals along the US Atlantic coast since July, officials said Friday. Credit: Thinkstock A total of 753 bottlenose dolphins have washed up from New York to Florida from July 1 until November 3, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. That is more than 10 times the number of dolphins that would typically turn up dead along East Coast beaches, said Teri Rowles, program coordinator of the NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. "Historic averages for this same time frame, same geographic area is only 74, so you get an...

Dolphins have a reputation for being friendly, but no one was expecting this. A "superpod" of nearly 1,000 dolphins surprised a group ferry passengers traveling the Strait of Georgia on the western coast of Canada last week. Passengers on the British Columbia ferry responded by whipping out their smartphones and filming the scene. The gathering was especially shocking to locals who are not used to seeing this kind of wildlife so far north. "I've never seen anything like this before," Rob Maguire, the man who filmed the dolphins, told Global News. "The last time I saw an orca or dolphin was more than 15 years ago." According to the Daily Mail, the pod of dolphins was made up of...

We'll be frank with you: Some of us at PawNation have never seen a dolphin in the flesh. We're going to make it happen someday; it just hasn't happened yet. But that's why we so envy Jonathan Holowka, the guy who shot this video. He's living our dream in such a colossal way. It's a little hard to see, but if you look closely, you can make out a whole pod of dolphins jumping and showing off over the waves. Not just one dolphin, but countless. Said Holowka, "I was sitting on the balcony with my roommate and friend Ian. He was looking over the balcony when he noticed something jumping in the water. It turned out to be a bunch of dolphins. It was a very cool thing to see." A master of...

A large dolphin beached itself on Manhattan Beach yesterday, but happily was rescued and sent to SeaWorld San Diego for further care. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-835270{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-835270, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-835270{width:521px;height:383px;display:block;} The dolphin in question is a Risso's dolphin, which is much larger than other species of dolphin, leading some onlookers to think the beached animal was a whale. Up-close encounters with Risso's dolphins are extremely rare, and relatively little is known about them, so the students and marine biologists who rescued this dolphin were...

When it comes to diseases that can infect animals, I'm always fascinated by those having the potential to transmit among species (see Could Your Pet Get SARS). These conditions, termed zoonotic diseases, are those that can pass from animals to humans (and vice versa, called reverse zoonosis). This potential to be exposed to zoonotic disease has significant relevance in my career as a clinical practice veterinarian. The frequency with which I have close contact with my patients certainly increases the likelihood that I could be an unwitting victim of zoonotic disease transmission (hence my frequent hand washing and rubber glove wearing). The news that has captivated my attention as of...