KLC 020- Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Lateral veiw of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) examined by UNCW students

August 21, 2008- UNCW undergraduate student, Laura
Bagge and employee, Ryan McAlarney examine the
lesions on a bottlenose dolphin.

On August 20, 2008 an offshore male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) stranded in Dare County, NC. The animal was collected by North Carolina Wildlife Commission and transported by NOAA Beaufort lab to UNCW on August 21, 2008 for a necropsy involving Dr. Dave Rotstein, a pathologist at University of Tennessee and UNCW stranding response team. The carcass was in moderate decomposition with no evidence of live stranding characters in abraded flukes or flippers. The animal was moderately emaciated with no nuchal or thoracic lipid observed. A large region of dorsal thorax epidermis was involved in a proliferative disease of Lobomycosis.

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