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Technical report on the Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) unusual mortality event within the Swan Canning Riverpark, June-October 2009

Holyoake, C., Finn, H., Stephens, N., Duignan, P., Salgado, C., Smith, H., Bejder, L., Linke, T., Daniel, C., Lo, H.N., Ham, G.S., Moiler, K., Allen, S., Bryant, K. and McElligott, D. (2010) Technical report on the Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) unusual mortality event within the Swan Canning Riverpark, June-October 2009. Murdoch University

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      Abstract

      This technical report reviews findings from an investigation into the mortalities of six bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in the Swan Canning Riverpark in 2009. The report: (a) describes the epidemiology and pathology of these mortalities; (b) presents background information on the ecology of dolphins in the Swan Canning Riverpark and factors known to affect dolphin health; and (c) discusses the potential role of chemical contaminants in the mortalities. These mortalities were investigated in context of dolphin deaths in the Swan Canning Riverpark prior to 2009 and a series of mortalities of dolphins in the Bunbury area between 2008-10, as well as marine mammal mortality events in other locations.

      Publication Type: Report
      Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
      School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
      Publisher: Murdoch University
      Notes: Report to the Swan River Trust
      URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/9369
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