WAM 659: Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus)

Risso's dolphin that stranded on Caswell Beach, NC

Risso's dolphin that stranded on
Caswell Beach, NC on May 26, 2011.

The UNCW stranding team received a call from the Caswell Beach Police Department on May 26, 2011 about a dead dolphin near a public beach access point. A beach necropsy was conducted on site. The adult female Risso’s dolphin appeared extremely emaciated and the carcass was covered with numerous tooth rakes, cookie cutter shark bites, and white, raised lesions.


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