Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V5.0-4 #8767) id <01HVYIOBH9I894SC46@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU> for whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU; Mon, 02 Oct 1995 08:37:16 -0400 (EDT) Date: Mon, 02 Oct 1995 08:48:03 -0400 (EDT) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Abstract: Dolphin rehabilitation To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <951002084803.347b1@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 28-SEP-1995 23:12:07.45 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: abstract - swimming support Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 11:41:36 EST Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: Dagmar_Fertl@smtp.mms.gov Subject: abstract - swimming support X-To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Earlier this week, you received the following post. I have been asked by the editor of Aquatic Mammals to work up an abstract/summary for the article, since one was not published with it. ****** As a courtesy, the following is a summary of an article recently published in Aquatic Mammals 21(2). Apologies for cross-mailing to those folks that subscribe to both discussion groups. I have supplied the author's address to which reprint requests should be directed. Aquatic Mammals is published three times a year by the European Association for Aquatic Mammals. Subscription requests should be directed to the editor: Paul Nachtigall, Hawaii Institute of Marine biology, P.O. Box 1106, Kailua, HI 96734, USA. FAX (808) 247-5831, email: email@example.com __________________________________________________________________ *Kastelein, R.A., T. Dokter, and J. Hilgenkamp. 1995. A swimming support for dolphins underoing veterinary care. Aquatic Mammals 21(2): 155-159. (*Harderwijk Marine Mammal Park, Strandboulevard-oost 1, 3841 AB Harderwijk, Holland) Most stranded dolphins which arrive at rehabilitation centres cannot swim independently. To improve the care of animals in rehabilitation, the Harderwijk Marine Mammal Park developed a dolphin swimming support in cooperation with the stainless steel company Sercon. Design of the support is presented. The support has been used for rehabilitation of four harbour porpoises and three white-beaked dolphins. The support has many advantages: (1) the blowhole is always above the water's surface; (2) the body is submerged as much as possible, thus preventing dehydration and over-heating; (3) the dolphin cannot collide with or swim along the pool wall, therefore preventing damage to the animal; (4) the dolphin can move its tail, thus preventing stiffness; (5) the animal's back is cooled and moisturized by the water from the showers; (6) as the dolphin moves, fresh waters enters between the skin and hammock; (7) when the dolphin is too weak to move its tail, the current in the pool will make the support go around slowly, creating a dynamic, more natural, situation; (8) the dolphin moves its tail to move around, which may be psychologically advantageous as the animal has some control over its surroundings; (9) stress to the dolphin is reduced because handling can be minimized; and (10) fewer people are needed to treat the dolphin, which is especially useful at night.