EWC 005 Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
UNCW graduate student, Caitlin
Kielhorn, examines an adult
bottlenose dolphin that stranded on
Topsail Island, NC on December 16,
A very large male bottlenose dolphin (2.84 m long) stranded on Topsail Island on December 16, 2010. Dorsal fin photographs revealed that this dolphin had been seen with three other dolphins on June 21, 2004 off of Cape Hatteras during a marine mammal survey conducted by the Duke Marine Laboratory. The carcass was frozen and transported to the University of Florida for a vascular study.