Subject: Harbor Porpoise: Better recalculate that Mortality Rate... (fwd)

mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 20:12:54 -0400 (EDT)

Just got this off the "Science in the News" Server.... Timely, isn't it?

-Sal


100-PLUS HARBOR PORPOISES WASH UP ON EASTERN SHORES IN APRIL
from The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - A record number of harbor porpoises have washed ashore between
Maine and North Carolina, and scientists so far are baffled by the deaths.

At least 162 of the small, coast-hugging porpoises have washed ashore, dead
or dying, through mid-April. The number of strandings is more than triple
the 51 reported for all of last year, and well above the record 103 deaths
reported for 1971.

"This is an extraordinary event. We've never seen anything like it," said
Stephen J. Jordan, director of Maryland's Sarbanes Cooperative Oxford
Research Laboratory. "This is more strandings in a month than we'd normally
see in a year."
http://www.nando.net/healthscience/story/0,1080,43492-70133-507926-0,00.html


Sal Genovese, Education Coordinator
Marine Science Center
Northeastern University
East Point, Nahant, MA 01908

Phone:  (781) 595-5597
Fax:    (781) 581-6076
Email:  sgenoves@lynx.neu.edu
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