RJM 013 Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)

On August 14, 2010, the UNCW stranding team received a page from the Carolina Beach Police Department about a live dolphin in the surf. The adult male striped dolphin expired shortly after the team’s arrival and was transported back to UNCW for a thorough necropsy. The animal did not appear to be emaciated, but its blubber layer was extremely thin. The absence of food in the digestive tract suggested that the dolphin had not fed recently. A large number of Phyllobothrium and Monorhygma parasites were observed and an ulcer was found in the fore stomach.


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