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October 6 2013

As dolphin die-off nears record high, shutdown puts investigation on ice

The viral epidemic that's killing off mid-Atlantic bottlenose dolphins is entering its fourth month and there is no slow down in sight. The body count has crossed 600, and this "unusual mortality event" is set to upstage the last major dolphin die-off one in 1987 and 1988 that killed some 700 bottlenoses as the worst die-off yet.

Now, the government shutdown is threatening to stall the investigation of the event, leaving research centers with freezers full of dead dolphins and not enough scientists to study them.

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