On Friday, Dec. 30 a dead female Bottlenose dolphin washed up on the bay side of Sandy Hook, along Plum Island. Marine Mammal Stranding Center staff picked-up the dolphin later that afternoon. The deceased dolphin was then taken to a state wildlife lab in Trenton for a necropsy soon after New Year's Day. The cause of death was not evident and has yet to be determined by a necropsy.
As reported in Middletown Patch, Bob Schoelkopf, Director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, has stated that at first wildlife experts thought the female dolphin was pregnant, but new tests revealed she was not. "She was just a very robust animal. And she had some food in her stomach," he said.