Dr. Kim Pause Tucker and her research student/SU Junior Biology major, Kate Krasnodemski, recently had the opportunity to participate in the necropsy of a Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) with Dr. Cindy Driscoll (State Fish & Wildlife Veterinarian) and her team at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  "These opportunities are very special and rare, and we were very fortunate to be able to participate," Dr. Tucker stated, "I have been able to participate in a number of marine mammal necropsies throughout my career, but never a Common dolphin, so this was especially interesting to me."

"The necropsy was amazing because it gave me hands-on experience that put my anatomy skills into practice while assisting with government research on the animal,” Kate Krasnodemski recalled.  Kate has worked in a human tissue bank as well as a scribe in the emergency room, and is very interested in anatomy.  “Learning about anatomy using models in class is nothing compared to experiences like this!"

Agencies from coastal states complete necropsies on marine mammals and sea turtles in an effort to determine cause of death and collect valuable samples for numerous researchers.  For additional information about the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, Maryland, please visit DNR's webpage: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/oxford/stranding.aspx

CALL 1-800-628-9944 TO REPORT STRANDED MARINE MAMMALS & SEA TURTLES (alive or dead). CALL IS FREE FROM ANY MARYLAND PHONE NUMBER AND AVAILABLE 27 HRS-7 DAYS.