Stranded Dolphins Remain A Mystery

The three year research began a year and a half ago and is funded by the state. Marine Life is involved in the study, which covers the Mississippi Sound, the islands and the nearby marshes.

Marine Life's director say what they're trying to find out is an exact number of strandings and what causes them.

"I think it is a significant problem in Mississippi and in the adjacent waters... we have one of the world's largest dolphin populations and the dolphins being on top of the food chain are a good biological indicator of the health of our environment, and by studying them we can study the environment," says Dr. Moby Solangi.

Solangi says the study will focus on areas other than just the beach where many of the dolphins wash up.

"The ones that we get calls for are the ones on the beaches but there are strandings on the islands and in the marshes. This study is the first and the most comprehensive study of the stranding of dolphins phenomenon," he says.

Marine Life will present an update on the $275,000 study on January 30th.