MARC – 10-012
Common Name: Harbor Porpoise
Animal Sex: Female
Release/Tag Date: Jun 30, 2010
Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
Arrival Date: 2/26/2010
Strand Date: 2/26/2010
Stranded At: Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, Maine
Rescued by: Maine Department of Marine Resources
Weight at Stranding: 25 kg (Approx. 50 Lbs)
Reason for Rehabilitation: Stranded ashore after high seas subsided.
The patient’s initial assessment revealed thin body condition, corneal abrasions, superficial skin lesions, dehydration and hepatitis of unknown etiology. Fluid replacement therapy, antibiotic therapy, milk thistle, and topical antibiotic eye treatments were initiated. In addition, prophylactic therapy for gastritis was also initiated; 2 CT scans to help diagnose and further monitor her health were also performed. #12 has recovered from all major medical conditions and is free of known infectious disease agents. This animal has been examined by MARC veterinarians and deemed ready for release.
Before release #12 will be fitted with a satellite tag that will allow staff at MARC and fellow researchers track #12’s position, time and depth of dives as well as the temperature of the water she spends most of her time in. The satellite tagging is a collaborative project between The Riverhead Foundation (http://riverheadfoundation.org/ )and UNE/MARC (http://www.une.edu/research/msc/marc/index.cfm) . #12’s tracking will be posted on WhaleNet (http://whale.wheelock.edu/Welcome.html).
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