tonight - - after 3 dolphins wash up dead on boca chica beach. authorities expect more will turn up in the coming days. experts say take caution if you come across one. here's c5's taylor winkel. here for the winter from pennsylvania, for jack and cathy spayd-- it's just another day at the beach. they've spend many afternoons here.
"we'll probably come down another maybe 4 times before we leave."they didn't come across the beached dolphins this morning, "yeah, yes, yeah it's alarming."they don't like the idea of the dead mammals around him.
"you should not touch these animals or let your pets near them because they are mammals. and we are mammals as well as our pets and disease can get transferred that way."shelby bessette with the costal lab on south padre says there's several diseases that can be transferred from animals to people. with dolphins, the mains one is called "lobomycosis" which is a fungal disease of the skin.
"i mean he's rarely off the lead anyways, unless there's absolutely no one around but yeah. it makes more likely to keep him on."finding dead dolphin carcusus on the beach isn't anything unusual for this time of year.
"this is a natural occurence. our stranding season is typically between january and march."stranding season is when winter is tough on the animals... and the old and sick-- or young and weak don't survive. with wind and currents they wash ashore during this time.
"we'll probably see a few more i expect."it can happen all along the coast. if you see one, it's important to call the costal lab, or the marine stranding network.
"if you see one and it's dead, and it's marked with red paint, then that means we've made the report and you do not need to call. if it's not marked, then it has not been reported." "of course if it's a live one, we go into rescue mode."for the spayds, they say the dead dolphins are sad.
"i don't think it would change our pattern. just that we have to be more vigilant with the dog."but they won't keep them from enjoying the sand. in boca chica beach, i'm taylor winkel, channel 5 news at ten. coming up next,