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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Monday, August 30, 2010

Learning From Death: Risso's Dolphin


A Risso's dolphin in The Marine Mammal Center necropsy room.

Today the necropsy room was busy with staff conducting research on a Risso's dolphin from Monterey county.

The Risso's dolphin was spotted on August 29th, 2010, at Marina state beach in Marina, California, just north of Sanctuary Resort.

Although it is difficult to see an animal up close that is no longer alive, it is important to remember that we can learn from death. The information gleaned from animals like this one will help other living animals survive and hopefully thrive.

Scientists here at the Center conduct many research projects that can benefit multiple animals in a variety of ways. The information we learn is also used in educational programs.

The Center is careful to use all the information gathered so that even in death, there is life.

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