Marine Mammal Necropsy: an introductory guide for stranding responders and field biologists.
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Pugliares, Katie R.
Touhey, Kathleen M.
Herzig, Sarah M.
Harry, Charles T.
Moore, Michael J.
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Necropsies are performed to get further insight into the cause of death: in the case of marine mammals this may establish the cause for stranding or other mortalities. The necropsy generates a series of gross observations that establishes a differential diagnosis. Subsequent investigations, such as histopathology, are then guided as the various potential diagnoses are eliminated until an etiology is established. Regardless of whether it is a common chronic disease, fisheries interaction, or an emerging zoonoses, by consistently conducting necropsies, trends in population health can be monitored. This guide is designed to establish a base level of proficiency in marine mammal necropsy techniques. It is written for stranding network members who do not have a formal pathobiological training and have limited knowledge of anatomy. Anatomical and pathological jargon has been kept to a minimum. This manual is divided into six sections: preliminary data, sample management, pinniped,.....
PublisherWoods HOle Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA
Series;NrWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution Technical Report; 2007-06
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)N/A
CitationPugliares, K. R., Bogomolni, A., Touhey, K. M., Herzig, S. M., Harry, C. T., & Moore, M. J. (2007) Marine mammal necropsy: an introductory guide for stranding responders and field biologists.Woods Hole, MA., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 133pp. (WHOI Technical Report 2007-06). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1575/1912/1823
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