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How to Collect a Dead Dolphin [Slide Show]

Calling for Pickup: Volunteers spring into action in the hopes that a necropsy and genetic tests can solve a mysterious epidemic of bottlenose dolphin deaths

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SUBZERO STORAGE:

This fridge at the Care Center contains various samples from tissue and organs that will be scrutinized for clues about the dolphin die-off.....[ More ]

INFECTION STOPPER:

Whenever researchers move from one area to another at the Care Center they are sure to stop off at these mats covered in bleach solution to disinfect their shoes; they would not want to spread disease.....[ More ]

LUNG DAMAGE:

A close-up image of lesions found on a dolphin lung during a necropsy at the Animal Care Center.....[ More ]

GETTING AN AGE:

Dolphins’ teeth have growth rings, something like a tree’s, so researchers study them for clues about the stranded dolphins’ ages.....[ More ]

LOOKING FOR CLUES:

A researcher, on loan from New England, performs a necropsy of a dead dolphin at the Marine Animal Care Center. Necropsies typically take place in an outdoor tent.....[ More ]

SAMPLE COLLECTION:

Three scientists parse the remains of a dead dolphin, gathering samples to study as it lies on the deck outside the necropsy tent at the Virginia Aquarium Marine Animal Care Center in Virginia Beach, Va.....[ More ]

TURTLES, TOO:

The Stranding Team also is called on to rescue live sea turtles, like this one, and bring them back to researchers that nurse them back to health.....[ More ]

PULLEY TIME:

Shirley Croft (left) and Paula Demosthenes (right) of the Stranding Team manage to transfer their dolphin cargo into the truck after boring a hole in its dorsal fine and threading a hook through.....[ More ]

VOLUNTEER PICK-UPS:

Shirley Croft (left) and Paula Demosthenes (right), members of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center's Stranding Response Program team, manage to place a dead, male dolphin in their wheelbarrow, readying him to head back to the Marine Animal Care Center for a necropsy.....[ More ]

WASHED UP:

Along the Virginia shore, more than 250 dolphins have washed ashore since July. This dead dolphin was found in September at a private beach in Hampton, Va.....[ More ]

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