Postmortem Data Collection from Northern Adriatic Stranded Odontocetes
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Dino Scaravelli1; Paola Massi2; Marco Affronte1; Giovanni Tosi2
1fondazione Cetacea Onlus, Riccione (RN), Italy; 2Istituto Zooprofilattico Sper. Lombardia e dell'Emilia, sez. Forlì, via Marchini 1, Forlì, Italy


In the past years a strong effort to cooperate between public veterinary and marine mammal zoologists has occurred. A team was established between the Fondazione Cetacea, as part of the national network of Centro Studi Cetacei, and veterinarians of the "Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell'Emilia, sezione di Forlì". The paper resume the postmortem analysis results of odontocetes stranded along the Emilia Romagna and Marche coasts controlled by the group. In the northern Adriatic Sea, the main species present is Tursiops truncatus, which also represent the main sample specimens. Also Grampus griseus and Stenella coeruleoalba were controlled. In this area only single specimen strandings were recorded and for some of them a possible cause of death could be determined. High levels of parasitism and a general immunodeficiency can be related to the high level of contamination by heavy metals recorded in some of the sampled animals. Other pathologies and some particular cases of aorta aneurysm and intestinal torsion in a newborn are described with the aim to enlarge the cases description in this group of species.

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