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Unformatted text preview: Outline Mass Strandings in Marine Mammals I. Introduction A. What makes a mass stranding a mass stranding? 1. Potentially significant morbidity, mortality or stranding is observed in species, stocks or populations that are particularly vulnerable (e.g., listed as depleted, threatened or endangered or declining). For example, stranding of three or four right whales may be cause for great concern whereas stranding of a similar number of fin whales may not. (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmume/criteria.htm) 2. Morbidity is observed concurrent with or as part of an unexplained continual decline of a marine mammal population, stock, or species. (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmume/criteria.htm) II. Common species involved in mass strandings A. Pilot whales 1. Biology B. Beaked Whales 1. Biology C. III. Theories as to why marine mammals strand A. Social structure*: The species that typically mass strand on Cape Cod are the long-finned pilot whale, common dolphin, and Atlantic white-sided dolphin....
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course AVS 460x taught by Professor Colleen during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.
- Spring '08