Coast Guard assists scientists for dolphin observations off the New Jersey coast

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard is working with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Tuesday to conduct an aerial survey of the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers in northern New Jersey looking for bottlenose dolphins.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., is scheduled to take two NOAA scientists who will look for the bottlenose dolphins the agency has been monitoring in the area since June.

Through sighting surveys from land and water, NOAA has documented location, overall condition, behavior and distinguishing features of each animal that allow identification of individuals. Tuesday’s survey will be the first aerial survey and the first since ice formation in the rivers precluded water-based sighting surveys, last conducted on January 13 when five animals were confirmed to still be in the rivers.

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NOAA urges anyone who sees, or has seen, the dolphins since January 13, to email at

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