SPRING LAKE — A dolphin which the Marine Mammal Stranding Center described as "dead for a while," washed up on the beaches of Spring Lake on Sunday.

Sheila Dean, co-director of the center said the dolphin was being brought back to the center for a thorough examination.

"This is the time of year when there's dolphins in our area," she said. Dolphins who are sick or die of old age can eventually wash up on shore depending on the currents.

"The currents are bringing animals to shore now," she said. "If they're dying out at sea then now they're washing up."

Dean said the Jersey shore area will "commonly see a couple this time of year."

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