NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Federal officials say a virus is likely what's causing hundreds of dead bottlenose dolphins to wash ashore along the East Coast.
During a conference call Tuesday, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the tentative cause of the deaths is the cetacean morbillivirus. Dolphins with morbillivirus typically experience skin lesions, brain infections and pneumonia.
The virus killed off more than 700 dolphins in the 1980s.
Norfolk Police are investigating the cause of death for male found unconscious on the beach.
A Newport News mother was arrested on a charge of child neglect after her son was found alone Saturday, according to police.
A parade float caught fire at an Oceanfront parade on Dec. 7, 2013.