WAM 633 - Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
WAM 633- Bottlenose dolphin live
stranded in Snead's Ferry, NC
UNCW received a report of a live bottlenose dolphin on a spoil island in the intracoastal waterway (ICW) off of Snead's Ferry, NC at noon on July 7, 2007. The UNCW stranding team left Wilmington at 12:30 and were met in Snead's Ferry by private citizens that were able to transport the team out to the animal. The stranding team arrived onsite around 2:00pm to find a mature, female coastal bottlenose dolphin logging in shallow water off the edge of the ICW. There were 4 people in the water with the animal and it was not easily staying at the surface. The stranding team assessed the health of the dolphin and agreed to stretcher the animal and move it from the shallows. It was placed onto a pontoon boat for transport. The animal died during transport at approximately 2:22pm. Bloodwork shows anemia and potential liver pathologies. The necropsy will be conducted in August 2007 (date to be announced) as a training session for UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Network volunteers.