Ranging Patterns and Exposure to Cumulative Stressors of a Tursiops truncatus (Common Bottlenose Dolphin) in Georgia

Brian Balmer, Eric Zolman, Jennie Bolton, Deborah Fauquier, Erin Fougeres, R. Clay George, Tracey Goldstein, Michael Gowen, Trip Kolkmeyer, Carolina Le-Bert, Blair Mase, Terry Norton, Jon Peterson, Teri Rowles, Jerry Saliki, Gina Ylitalo

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Abstract

Tursiops truncatus (Common Bottlenose Dolphin) in Georgia are exposed to multiple natural and anthropogenic stressors. Here, we describe a case study of an adult, male Common Bottlenose Dolphin entangled in marine debris, that was temporarily captured, disentangled, sampled for health assessment, satellite tagged, and released. Photographic-identification history and short-term tagging data support that the animal, Z58, has long-term site fidelity to the estuaries of southern Georgia. Health-assessment results identified several abnormal health parameters, including anemia, which likely resulted from exposure to extremely high site-specific contaminants that are known in the area. This note provides a case study of the various stressors to which Common Bottlenose Dolphins in Georgia are exposed, which can be used to develop effective management strategies for at-risk populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)N1-N9
JournalSoutheastern Naturalist
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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