Low-residue euthanasia of stranded mysticetes.

  title={Low-residue euthanasia of stranded mysticetes.},
  author={C A Harms and William A. McLellan and Michael J. Moore and Susan G Barco and Elsburgh O. Clarke and Victoria G Thayer and Teresa K. Rowles},
  journal={Journal of wildlife diseases},
  volume={50 1},
Euthanasia of stranded large whales poses logistic, safety, pharmaceutical, delivery, public relations, and disposal challenges. Reasonable arguments may be made for allowing a stranded whale to expire naturally. However, slow cardiovascular collapse from gravitational effects outside of neutral buoyancy, often combined with severely debilitating conditions, motivate humane efforts to end the animal's suffering. The size of the animal and prevailing environmental conditions often pose safety… CONTINUE READING
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