SC 0735 - Pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata)

pygmy killer whale stranded in South Carolina

Pygmy killer whale stranded in North Myrtle
Beach, SC

A mass stranding of three pygmy killer whales was reported to the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program on 15 August 2007.The animals were reported alive on the beach in N. Myrtle Beach, SC. After assessment of the animals, the veterinary decision was to humanely euthanize the whales.

Two of the whales were transported to Charleston, SC for necropsy by the National Ocean Service. One whale was brought back to UNC Wilmington for necropsy by the UNC Marine Mammal Stranding Program. Necropsy findings included enlarged and active thoracic lymph nodes and the lungs were congested. These findings were suggestive of acute viral involvement. Histology results are pending.

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