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More than 2 dozen dead dolphins wash ashore

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Dolphin with the deadly disease. (Source: UNCW's Marine Mammal Stranding Program) Dolphin with the deadly disease. (Source: UNCW's Marine Mammal Stranding Program)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – More dead dolphins are washing up on the shores in Southeastern North Carolina.

Officials with the UNCW Marine Mammals Stranding Program said they've seen a significant increase in dolphin strandings this past week.

Experts say more than two dozen Bottle Nose Dolphins have washed ashore since late this summer.

According to experts, all of the dolphins tested have had the morbilivirus, but not all of them were tested because of decomposition.

The disease has already killed hundreds of dolphins along the east coast. The morbilivirus is similar to measles in humans.

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