Rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals: An analysis of current views and practices.

St. Aubin, David J. and Geraci, Joseph R. and Lounsbury, Valerie J. (1996) Rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals: An analysis of current views and practices. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service/Office of Protected Resources, (NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS, OPR-8)

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Abstract

Stranded marine mammals have long attracted public attention. Those that wash up dead are, for all their value to science, seldom seen by the public as more than curiosities. Animals that are sick, injured, orphaned or abandoned ignite a different response. Generally, public sentiment supports any effort to rescue, treat and return them to sea. Institutions displaying marine mammals showed an early interest in live-stranded animals as a source of specimens -- in 1948, Marine Studios in St. Augustine, Florida, rescued a young short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus), the first ever in captivity (Kritzler 1952). Eventually, the public as well as government agencies looked to these institutions for their recognized expertise in marine mammal care and medicine. More recently, facilities have been established for the sole purpose of rehabilitating marine mammals and preparing them for return to the wild. Four such institutions are the Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito, CA), the Research Institute for Nature Management (Pieterburen, The Netherlands), the RSPCA, Norfolk Wildlife Hospital (Norfolk, United Kingdom) and the Institute for Wildlife Biology of Christian-Albrects University (Kiel, Germany).(PDF contains 68 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals: An analysis of current views and practices.
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St. Aubin, David J.
Geraci, Joseph R.
Lounsbury, Valerie J.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS
Number: OPR-8
Date: 1996
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service/Office of Protected Resources
Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Uncontrolled Keywords: stranded marine mammals
Subjects: Ecology
Conservation
Fisheries
Item ID: 2462
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2009 14:47
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:05
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2462

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