It's domoic acid season and we have had multiple strandings. We usually respond on the beach and perform the necropsy on site but this one was dropped off at our lab.
I love what I do!
My 2nd necropsy of a Grampus griseus! It is the only species in the genus Grampus. Some characteristics Cleft melon, 2-7 pairs of teeth on the lower jaw only, deep divers, excessive scaring. Japan is the only country that still hunts and slaughters the entire pod.
This Genus of dolphins is very close to my heart and one of my favorites! Being so close and necropsying this animal is one that I will never forget!
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas - 9 Mar 2013.
San Diego County, California, US
Group of about 3 porpoising along quite a ways, eventually met up and merged with another group of >4.