New England Aquarium biologist Eric Payne sits with a rescued dolphin in Sagamore Beach, Mass. on Jan. 14, 2012. So far, at least 85 dolphins have stranded themselves; 35 were alive when volunteers reached them. The rescue was organized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which mobilized local volunteers.
Over the past few weeks, at least 85 dolphins have stranded themselves at Cape Cod, closing in on the amount of dolphins usually recorded as stranded in an entire year. As experts ponder the reasoning behind the strandings, volunteers are helping to save the beached mammals.