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Coastal Marine Mammal Stranding Assessments

We are studying stranded marine mammals to determine causes of death, anthropogenic sources of mortality, contaminant loads, diseases processes, and life history traits. We are sharing these assessments with resource ...

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Successful Preliminary UAS Flights Collect Dolphin...

"Snotbot" drone flying close to the blow of a bottlenose dolphin. Collecting samples from the blow, or exhalations, of large whales using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), i.e. drones, is nothing ...

Brucellosis in Stranded SC Bottlenose Dolphins Coi...

NCCOS tested 282 stranded dolphins in South Carolina for brucellosis, caused by the bacterial pathogen Brucella ceti. Nearly 32% tested positive. Results show that Brucella ceti was detected in a higher ...

First Record of Microplastics in North American Bo...

College of Charleston graduate student Francesca Battaglia (now with Coastal Carolina University) demonstrates the process of sieving gut contents for microplastic detection during the filming of Blue Planet II. Credit ...

Photographs of Stranded Dolphin with Lesions Empha...

Photographs of the flipper of a bottlenose dolphin stranded on Seabrook Island, South Carolina, show lesions likely to be that of the fungal disease commonly known as lobomycosis. Base of ...

Mobile Rapid Pathogen Test for Leptospira in Calif...

California sea lions are at risk of the bacterial disease Leptospirosis, cased by Letrospira, which can lead to liver and kidney damage, and death. Credit: NOAA Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease ...

BBC Documentary Highlights Microplastics Detection...

NCCOS scientists and collaborators from the College of Charleston detected microplastics in gut samples of bottlenose dolphins for the first time. While microplastics have been visibly detected in other marine ...

Discarded Aluminum Foil Contributes to Recent Bott...

Aluminum foil measuring a little over six inches long removed from esophagus of a bottlenose dolphin stranded on Edisto Beach, South Carolina, in November. Credit: NOAA. A necropsy of a ...

Students Learn the Value of Cetacean Strandings in...

More than 20 students and faculty from the University of Georgia's Maymester program visited NCCOSinCharleston, SC to learn how cetacean strandings can be used for coastal change detection. The lecture, ...

Dolphin Entanglements Follow Historic 1,000 Year R...

NCCOS staff successfully cut a crab pot buoy line from an entangled dolphin in Charleston Harbor on October 13, 2015. Credit: NOAA. From October 1 through October 5, 2015 South ...

Scientists Recognized for Role in Assessing Dolphi...

Last month, scientists from NCCOS's Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) received an Outstanding Achievement Award from NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service for their efforts in assessing ...

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A pilot study to determine the movements of buoy line used in the crab pot fishery to assess bottlenose dolphin entanglement

A pilot study on the characteristics of crab pot buoy line movements to assess bottlenose dolphin entanglement was conducted from 19 September to 30 September 2005 in the Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina. The objectives of this study were to ...

Assessing movements of three buoy line types using DSTmilli loggers: Implications for entanglements of Bottlenose dolphins in the crab pot fishery

A study was conducted in October 2006 in the Charleston, South Carolina area to test the movements of three different buoy line types to determine which produced a preferred profile that could reduce the risk of dolphin entanglement. Tests on ...

Defining and documenting marine debris interactions with wildlife

Over the past several decades, the input of anthropogenic litter into the marine system has been an increasing global concern, with negative ecological and environmental consequences. Plastics, abandoned fishing gear and other debris can have serious effects on marine animals, ...

Modeling pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps, De Blainville 1838) strandings along the southeast coast of the United States from 1992 to 2006 in relation to environmental factors

Pygmy sperm whales are the second most commonly stranded marine mammal in the Southeastern Unites States (SEUS). They most often strand alive and the causes of these events remain largely unknown. Generalized linear models were built to identify potential relationships ...

Preliminary report on bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates) uterine samples for parity analysis

There have been numerous studies on various mammalian species regarding vascular changes in uterine arteries elucidating the effects of parity. In equids, vascular changes of uterine arteries have been demonstrated to occur in uniparous and multiparous mares. The severity of ...

Ranging patterns, spatial overlap, and association with dolphin morbillivirus exposure in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) along the Georgia, U.S.A. coast

During 2013–2015, an outbreak of dolphin morbillivirus (DMV) occurred in the western North Atlantic, which resulted in the stranding of over 1,600 common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). There are currently five coastal and 10 bay, sound, and estuary dolphin stocks ...

Spatial and temporal analysis of bottlenose dolphin strandings in South Carolina, 1992-2005

This report contains summary data of bottlenose dolphins stranded in South Carolina. The intent of this report is to provide data on bottlenose dolphin strandings in South Carolina to marine mammal researchers and managers. This report is an accumulation of ...

Volunteer Handbook

This Handbook has been prepared to inform you of the National Ocean Service’s history, philosophy, policies, and expectations of you and the NOS ...

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