Pilot Whale Necropsies

From: Tom Ford (tjfketos@rcn.com)
Date: Wed Mar 16 2005 - 19:51:18 EST

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    Dear Kaitlin ,

    Try searching here on Whalenet for :
                                            1) Globicephala melas
                                            2) Globicephala macrorhyncus

    A web search for these names will give you much better information than just
    a search for pilot whale.

    The parasites of whales are both worms and lice. The worms are internal
    parasites and the lice are external. The lice on whales are called Cyamids.
    The worms are divided into Trematodes, Cestodes and Nematodes.

    Whales are subject to many diseases caused by bacteria , viruses and
    funguses.. A few of those diseases are :
                        arthritis bones
                        canine distemper nerves
                        neoplasia cancer
                        infection any organ and skin is an organ.T
    the volume of blood varies with the size of the individual animal.
    Aproximately 5.5 % of a pilot whales weight is the weight of that whales
    blood. The heart has a resting beat of 48 per minute.

    You seem to have a keen interest in whales. Please keep it up.


    Dr. Tom Ford

    > From: "william neeland" <williamvay@hotmail.com>
    > Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 16:03:04 +0000
    > To: tjfketos@rcn.com
    > Subject: Pilot Whale Necropsies
    > Dr. Ford, My name is kaitlin and I'm in seventh grade. I live near the outer
    > banks and I love studying about ocean mammals. In January we had 30 pilot
    > whales beach themselves on our banks. My parents took me to see the whales
    > and when we got there, scientists were just getting ready to do necropsies
    > on them. I was allowed to stay the day and watch. The sceintists explained
    > what they were doing as they went along and I was allowed to take lots of
    > pictures. For the last month I have been getting books from the library and
    > searching the Internet for more information on the pilot whales anatomy and
    > on what the scientists find when they do necropsies but I'm not finding what
    > I'm looking for. I read that there are parasites that can get in their ears
    > and affect their navigation but what are the parasites called, how do the
    > affect the whale, are they like worms or lice? what diseases do pilot
    > whales get and what part of their anoatomy do the diseases affect? How much
    > blood does a pilot whale have and how often does their heart beat. What is
    > the lung capacity of an adult pilot whale? and how about a new born? How
    > long are the pilot whales intestines? I know the scientists measured the
    > intestines but the sun was setting on the day we watched the necropsies and
    > my parents made me leave so I don't know how long they are. In a book I
    > found how much food a Hunpback whale can hold in it's stomach but I can't
    > find how much a pilot whale can hold and they are alot smaller than
    > Humpbacks. I took some pictures of the tools the sceintists used but I want
    > to know the names of the knives and other tools. The tool they cut the ribs
    > off with looked like our garden lobbing shears. Can you tell me these
    > answers or tell me where I can find the answers? Thank you. P.S. I love
    > your site. Kaitlin

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