A common dolphin found stranded but alive Monday in Barnegat Bay died soon after it was removed from the beach, making it the third dolphin death in recent days.

Two other dolphins died this weekend, one in the Delaware Bay in Lower Township, the other in the Venetian Bayou Lagoon in Ocean City.

Examinations have been scheduled for all three dolphins to determine whether their deaths are related to a mass stranding last month in Cape Cod, Mass., Marine Mammal Stranding Center Director Bob Schoelkopf said.

The Stranding Center in Brigantine had tried to save the dolphin, Schoelkopf said.

The Ocean City dolphin is believed to be a juvenile, perhaps the calf of a common dolphin seen swimming freely in the lagoon Friday. No dolphins were seen in the lagoon Monday.

The dead animals were trucked to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in New Bolton, Pa. A spokeswoman at the lab said getting results from the necropsies - the animal equivalent of autopsies - could take a week or more. Read More

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