Dolphin strandings continue, but here are 21 reasons for hope

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the tragedy currently unfolding in the cold, muddy marshes of Cape Cod.

In just the last 12 days, at least 85 (and probably over 100) dolphins have stranded on our shores.  They've come in waves as large as sixty at one time, and as small as a single lonely animal struggling to survive long enough for us to carry it to clear water.

The numbers are staggering.  At least fifty dolphins have died before we were able to reach them. Others succumbed while our wonderful volunteers fought to carry them out of the mud.  

But today, instead of focusing on the ones we lost, let's celebrate the lives we were able to save.

In the last twelve days, we've rescued and released twenty four stranded dolphins.  Of course, not every release is successful, but as of today at least twenty one of those dolphins are still swimming free.  

That's twenty one magnificent animals. Alive today. Because people like you care enough to support our work.

I can still remember the dreadful days just a decade ago when every stranded dolphin died.  

I know how easy it is to despair over the seemingly insurmountable challenges of a disaster plagued world. Yet I also know that we can ...and we ARE making a difference. 

So on behalf of those twenty one remarkable, intelligent, free swimming dolphins, thank you for your tremendous support during this difficult time.

We're all exhausted, muddy, and unsure what tomorrow will bring.  But rest assured, if more dolphins strand, we'll do everything in our power to rescue and release them into open ocean.

We have twenty one reasons to hope ... and know we can succeed.

For the animals,

A.J.

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