NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) – From Laguna to Huntington Beach, an unprecedented number of dolphins are washing ashore dead or so sick that they have to be humanely euthanized.

“It’s a shock and not happy about it whatsoever,” said Newport Beach resident Eric Fritz. “They’re our friends, are you kidding? I’ve rode waves with dolphins before.”

In the last two weeks, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center says five common dolphins and one bottlenose dolphin have washed ashore. Compare that to just one dolphin last year.

Scientists are desperate to find a cause.

“Anything from viruses to bacteria to toxins,” said Krysta Higuchi of Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

It’s not just dolphins – the number of California sea lion rescues has doubled.

Rescue teams suspect the culprit may be a harmful algae bloom reported off the coast of Newport Beach, fed by runoff from the recent rains.

“I saw how filthy the oceans were after the rain, it was was brown and red. I would not go in there,” said Newport resident Noelle Reyna.

Residents say the ocean’s condition is cause for concern.

“I know there’s a lot of runoff, and when I’m out there, I do see a lot of sub-surface garbage of papers plastic bags, things like that,” said Richard Simon of Newport.


Comments (72)
  1. Flavored Sprays says:


  2. Paul Roberts says:

    The Dolphins need to be tested to see what killed them? Poison in the Water? Radiation? Disease?

  3. Keith Yager says:

    Let’s blame everything on some other country, being an ex sonar-man in the military, check out the newer sonars echo ranging capabilities that the Navy uses, this could be a problem.. This is just a guess of course.

  4. Kent VonSteigenhoff says:

    For years I’ve seen what these unchecked foreign governments, companies and citizens are doing to the ocean. #fukushimacoverup

  5. Bob van der Upwich says:

    What?? The ocean is dying? As an ocean fisherman, I can tell you that the ocean is in better shape, fish resources are recovering and in better shape thanks to the MLP Act than I have seen in 50 years. Of course the wackos see doom and gloom in everything.

  6. Chris McClelland says:

    One word. Fukushima.

  7. Susan Vue says:

    Bottom Line: California “Mexifornia” sucks stay away from that 3rd world $h!t Whole

  8. John Wilson says:

    This is clearly Trump’s fault.

  9. Greg Thumm says:

    If they died of old age or the naturally occurring algae bloom, this will be the last you hear of it

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