LEB 003: Spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis)

Spotted dolphin that stranded on Topsail Island, NC.

Adult spotted dolphin that stranded on Topsail Island,
NC on May 18, 2010.

Members of the Topsail Island Sea Turtle Project called the UNCW stranding team on May 18, 2010 to report a dead dolphin in the surf. The robust carcass of an adult spotted dolphin was recovered and transported to UNCW to be necropsied. Unusual findings included potential bruising of the thoracic blubber, an enlarged spleen, a large volume of fluid in the abdominal cavity, and several masses within the kidneys that appeared to resemble kidney stones.

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