Three more dead dolphins were discovered off the coast of New Jersey on Friday — bringing the total in the region to more than 35 found this summer.

Robert Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, said the dolphins were recovered in Stone Harbor, Longport and Point Pleasant. The dolphin in Point Pleasant was badly decomposed and was buried, he said. The other two were taken for an autopsy, he said.

State and federal officials are trying to determine the cause of deaths for the animals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported more than 125 deaths between New York and Virginia and have declared the incidents to be an "unusual mortality event."

”We’re trying to get them as fresh as possible so we can send them for testing,” Schoelkopf said.

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