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Up to 30 dolphins beach on Cape Cod, 10 to 12 dead

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    A rescued common dolphin is given a hearing test before being released back into Cape Cod Bay at Scusset Beach, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 in Sagamore Beach, Ma. The dolphins are two of at least 28 dolphins that stranded along Cape Cod Bay's shores from Dennis to Wellfleet. 11 dolphins were successfully released back into the bay. (AP Photo/Julia Cumes)


SCUSSET BEACH, Mass. >> An animal welfare organization says up to 30 dolphins have been found stranded on five Cape Cod beaches, and only 11 were able to be released.

Kerry Branon of the International Fund for Animal Welfare says the common dolphins were found in Dennis, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet on Saturday. She says of the 28 to 30 dolphins found, 10 to 12 have died and eight were inaccessible to rescuers.

Branon told The Associated Press the surviving dolphins were given blood tests and evaluated to determine their health, then some were tagged and released at Scusset Beach.

The cause of the beaching could not immediately be determined.


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