Subject: Case Study: Spinner Dolphin entrapment question

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 6 Jan 1995 18:52:57

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Subject: Case Study: Spinner Dolphin entrapment question
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Dear MARMAM-ers:
The recent business involving the group of spinner dolphins trapped in the
lagoon at Vanuatu has me wondering.  How likely is it that spinners would
be starving to death in only a couple of weeks, presuming that they were
healthy and well-fed when they first entered the lagoon?  Granted my
expertise is in mysticetes, which can go months without eating, but my
impression is that cetaceans are opportunistic feeders adapted to "feast
or famine" prey availability.  Humans can certainly last a month or two,
based on the IRA hunger strikers in British prisons.  Perhaps someone more
conversant in odontocete physiology might enlighten us on this question.
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