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Eighth baby dolphin found dead on Mississippi beach

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PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) - Officials found an infant dolphin dead along the shoreline in Pass Christian, marking the eighth baby mammal to wash ashore in the past week.
    
The director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Dr. Moby Solangi, tells WLOX TV 35 dead dolphins were found in 2015 along the Mississippi Coast. In 2016, that number now stands at 46.
    
She said Wednesday dolphin deaths are on pace to eclipse 2010, the year of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill when 65 dolphin died in Mississippi waters.
    
Solangi points to the red tide algal bloom in the Gulf last fall as a likely factor in the deaths of the infant dolphin.
    
She says one of the effects of red tide is it causes a mother to abort or deliver early.

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