PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) -
Marine wildlife officials said five common dolphins beached at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown, but four are expected to survive.
One dolphin was already dead when rescuers arrived on the scene Thursday morning.
The dolphins were found on the flats off the intersection of Snail Road and Route 6A near the Harbor Hotel.
"They came up stranded and thank goodness that the officer did notice because their demise would have come being out of the water that long," said the town's animal control officer.
Volunteers rushed the dolphins to a beach in Provincetown. Brian Sharp, stranding coordinator for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said his team successfully released the surviving dolphins at Herring Cove, three miles from where they were discovered.
The dolphins were out of the water for nearly five hours, but they are now back in the ocean.
Michael Booth, a spokesperson for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said the team ran multiple tests on the surviving dolphins and says they are healthy, but some are underweight.
He says because of the unique landscape and tidal changes the area is a hotspot for marine strandings. Every year his team responds to quite a number of dolphin strandings in the area. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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