- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A school of what appears to be short-beaked common dolphins has been spotted swimming in northern Washington’s Port Angeles harbor, a rare occurrence for the warm-water creatures.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/1UGOXVH ) that Pacific Whale Watch Association officials say dolphins don’t normally head to the inland waterway, as they generally live in tropical or warmer waterways.

Michael Harris of the association says the dolphins’ presence indicates rising water temperatures in the Pacific Northwest.

Whale watchers first spotted the new dolphins June 11 and they remained in the area as of Friday afternoon.

Pacific white-sided dolphins are common in the area, but the short-beaked dolphins are much more rare.


Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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