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More than 80 dolphins stranded on Cape Cod shores

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Two stranded common dolphins wait to be transported by an International Fund for Animal Welfare team at Herring River in Wellfleet, Mass., Jan. 19. The dolphins are two in the latest batch of dolphins found, bringing a total of over 80 stranded on Cape Cod shores in the last week.

More than 80 common and Atlantic white sided dolphins have been stranded along 25 miles of Cape Cod coastline since Jan. 12 according to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

The animal welfare advocates are perplexed by the current situation along the scenic shores south of Boston because it is one of the largest cases of dolphins stranding themselves in years.

January through April is the typical season for multiple beaching of dolphins and Cape Cod is among the top locations for the phenomenon worldwide, but Katie Moore, manager of IFAW's marine mammal rescue and research said this pattern is unlike past years.

"It feels like stranding after stranding after stranding," she said. "It's definitely out of the ordinary."

Despite many groups being stranded, Boston.com reports the IFAW has helped more than 300 dolphins swim out of Wellfleet harbor.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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An International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) team carries a stranded common dolphin to a waiting vehicle while another waits to be rescued at Herring River in Wellfleet, Mass., Jan. 19.