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Spate of cetacean strandings keeps Marine Mammal Stranding Network busy along central coast

Posted: Friday, Feb 28th, 2014

A striped dolphin stranded on a Tierra del Mar beach last week. Five cetaceans have stranded on area beaches in the past week; officials have been conducting necropsies and taking tissue samples for analysis in order to determine a cause of death. -- Jim Rice, coordinator of Oregon’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network, prepares to perform a necropsy on a striped dolphin, which washed up on a central Oregon coast beach last week. The dolphin was one of five animals to wash up in recent days. -- Rice, and Deborah Duffield of Portland State University conduct a necropsy on a striped dolphin that washed ashore near Florence last week. Tissue samples from the animal will be sent to Oregon State University, the University of California, and elsewhere to try to determine a cause of death for this dolphin and four other animals that stranded in recent days.

“I’ll have the Reuben sandwich,” Jim Rice told his wife, who was taking lunch orders.

“The clam fritters sound good,” said Deborah Duffield, also perusing the menu.

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