WELLFLEET, Mass. -- Crews with the International Fund for Animal Welfare rescued 10 of 11 dolphins found stranded in deep mud at low tide in the Herring River in Wellfleet on Tuesday.

IFAW officials said one dolphin died shortly after stranding. They gave the 10 live animals health exams, attached identification tags to their dorsal fins and then refloated them as a group into deeper water as the tide came back in.

Crews herded the dolphins out of the harbor using a Zodiac boat and the Wellfleet harbor master's boat.

IFAW officials called it the largest stranding on record in the Northeast region of the U.S., with 177 dolphins becoming stranded in just over a month. Of the 177, 106 dolphins were found dead and 71 were found alive. Of the 71 that were found alive, 53 were released successfully.
Crews will be back out in Wellfleet early Wednesday to survey the coastline. Source

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