Bottlenose Dolphins as Marine Ecosystem Sentinels: Developing a Health Monitoring System

@article{Wells2004BottlenoseDA,
  title={Bottlenose Dolphins as Marine Ecosystem Sentinels: Developing a Health Monitoring System},
  author={Randall S Wells and Howard L. Rhinehart and Larry J. Hansen and Jay C. Sweeney and Forrest I. Townsend and Rae Stone and David R. Casper and Michael D. Scott and Aleta A. Hohn and Teri K. Rowles},
  journal={EcoHealth},
  year={2004},
  volume={1},
  pages={246-254}
}
Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), as long-lived, long-term residents of bays, sounds, and estuaries, can serve as important sentinels of the health of coastal marine ecosystems. As top-level predators on a wide variety of fishes and squids, they concentrate contaminants through bioaccumulation and integrate broadly across the ecosystem in terms of exposure to environmental impacts. A series of recent large-scale bottlenose dolphin mortality events prompted an effort to develop a… CONTINUE READING