Subject: Dolphin/Stranding:Steno mass stranding in Florida (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Tue, 16 Dec 1997 19:14:29 -0500 (EST)

Subject: Steno mass stranding in Florida

I am posting the following information at the request of Blair Mase, NMFS,
Miami, FL, USA.  <>   Please direct any questions to
As most of you have heard, 35 Steno bredanensis dolphins stranded on Cape
San Blas near Apalachicola, FL on Sunday, December 14.   All of the
dolphins were moved to the bay side of the cape due to severe weather
conditions.  Plans were made to tag and release the dolphins the following
day, however,  the high winds and seas remained and the Coast Guard was
not able to transport the animals offshore.   Over half of the animals
died overnight and early the following day and the 16 remaining live
animals were taken to rehabilitation facilities (Mote Marine Lab.
Marineland, and Gulfarium).  The status of these animals is currently

The dolphins that died were necropsied on-site by Stranding Network
Volunteers, A NMFS veterinarian/pathologist and a special team from the
National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Mass dissections were
performed on all of the animals in hopes of finding out the cause of this
mass stranding.

We would like to extend special appreciation to ALL agencies involved,
including the Florida Marine Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, Gulf World, NMFS,
local rescue groups, fire departments, veterinarians and neighbors.

Blair Mase
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Dan Odell