Dead Dolphin washes up on Jax Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A small, dead dolphin washed up on the shores of Jacksonville Beach Friday afternoon.

Rachel Cimino, marine biologist with the Florida Wildlife Conservation Committee, believes the juvenile mammal was the latest victim of morbillivirus.

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"Currently on the East Coast of the United States from New York down to Florida, there has been an ongoing virus," Cimino said.

The morbillivirus, Cimino said, is the equivalent to the measles and mumps for humans and can weaken dolphins' immune system.

FWC said the dolphin was found around 7 a.m. near 18th Street North.


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