WAM 655 Spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis)
The UNCW stranding team received a call from a Bald Head Island about a dead dolphin in the surf on November 11, 2010. The fresh, robust carcass of an adult male spotted dolphin was located and transported back to UNCW to be necropsied. Adhesion of both lungs to the rib cage, scarring of the heart, active lymph nodes, and possible bruising of the brain were all noted. The most significant finding was severe abdominal peritonitis, which was a likely contributor to the death of the animal.