WAM 656 Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin that stranded on North Topsail Island, NC.

Bottlenose dolphin that stranded
on North Topsail Island, NC on
November 26, 2010.

An extremely large male bottlenose dolphin (2.91 m long) stranded on North Topsail Island on November 26, 2010. The carcass was transported to UNCW, and a necropsy was conducted the following day. Upon examination, the animal was extremely thin, and had a large number of Xenobalanus barnacles on each fin. The animal’s large size, extremely worn teeth, and apparent arthritic joints suggested that it was an old individual. Evidence of multi-systemic diseases was observed, including an ulcer on the palate, lesions on the heart, and a congested liver. Also of note was the presence of trematode parasites on the pancreas.


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