Scientists say the intense interest is harming the nocturnal animals because they need to rest during the day after foraging for food all night.
Two sea animals were found beached on Bald Head Island yesterday morning.
A dolphin found stranded on the sand at Carolina Beach by a passerby early this morning has been euthanized, according to our partners at the StarNews.
State officials are set to enforce a rule which establishes a 100-yard gill net setback from most North Carolina ocean beaches to protect bottlenose dolphins.
Scientists along the North Carolina Outer Banks say at least 16 dolphins have washed up on the shores from Corolla to Avon in the last week.