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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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

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Balmer, B., Zolman, E., Bolton, J., Fauquier, D., Fougeres, E., George, R. C., ... Ylitalo, G. (2019). Ranging Patterns and Exposure to Cumulative Stressors of a Tursiops truncatus (Common Bottlenose Dolphin) in Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist, 18(1), N1-N9. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.018.0112

Ranging Patterns and Exposure to Cumulative Stressors of a Tursiops truncatus (Common Bottlenose Dolphin) in Georgia. / Balmer, Brian; Zolman, Eric; Bolton, Jennie; Fauquier, Deborah; Fougeres, Erin; George, R. Clay; Goldstein, Tracey; Gowen, Michael; Kolkmeyer, Trip; Le-Bert, Carolina; Mase, Blair; Norton, Terry; Peterson, Jon; Rowles, Teri; Saliki, Jerry; Ylitalo, Gina.

In: Southeastern Naturalist, Vol. 18, No. 1, 01.03.2019, p. N1-N9.

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Balmer, B, Zolman, E, Bolton, J, Fauquier, D, Fougeres, E, George, RC, Goldstein, T, Gowen, M, Kolkmeyer, T, Le-Bert, C, Mase, B, Norton, T, Peterson, J, Rowles, T, Saliki, J & Ylitalo, G 2019, 'Ranging Patterns and Exposure to Cumulative Stressors of a Tursiops truncatus (Common Bottlenose Dolphin) in Georgia', Southeastern Naturalist, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. N1-N9. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.018.0112
Balmer, Brian ; Zolman, Eric ; Bolton, Jennie ; Fauquier, Deborah ; Fougeres, Erin ; George, R. Clay ; Goldstein, Tracey ; Gowen, Michael ; Kolkmeyer, Trip ; Le-Bert, Carolina ; Mase, Blair ; Norton, Terry ; Peterson, Jon ; Rowles, Teri ; Saliki, Jerry ; Ylitalo, Gina. / Ranging Patterns and Exposure to Cumulative Stressors of a Tursiops truncatus (Common Bottlenose Dolphin) in Georgia. In: Southeastern Naturalist. 2019 ; Vol. 18, No. 1. pp. N1-N9.
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