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Haematological findings in captive dolphins and whales.
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PMID:  9258426     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine haematological features in five species of healthy, captive marine mammals. ANIMALS: Twenty bottlenose dolphins (Tursips truncatus), seven Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), five Risso dolphins (Grampus griseus) and five false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens). RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The red blood cell count was 4.21 x 10(12)/L in bottlenose dolphins, 5.32 x 10(12)/L in Pacific white-sided dolphins, 4.35 x 10(12)/L in Risso dolphins and 4.43 x 10(12)/L in false killer whales. The haemoglobin concentration was 1.51 g/L and packed cell volume 44.7% in bottlenose dolphins; the corresponding values were 1.71 g/L and 48.9% in Pacific white-sided dolphins, 1.72 g/L and 49.4% in Risso dolphins, and 1.52 g/L and 47.8% in false killer whales. The white blood cell count was 7.097 x 10(9)/L in bottlenose dolphins, 5.928 x 10(9)/L in Pacific white-sided dolphins, 5.001 x 10(9)/L in Risso dolphins and 7.921 x 10(9)/L in false killer whales. There were no significant differences in these values among bottlenose dolphins and Pacific white-sided dolphins. The proportion of eosinophils in the differential leukocyte count ranged from 10.3% to 11.5% in bottlenose dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins and false killer whales, but was only 0.4% in Risso dolphins. The eosinophilic granules were larger in Risso dolphins and false killer whales than in bottlenose and Pacific white-sided dolphins.
K Shirai; T Sakai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian veterinary journal     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0005-0423     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust. Vet. J.     Publication Date:  1997 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-12-09     Completed Date:  1997-12-09     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370616     Medline TA:  Aust Vet J     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  512-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health, Nihon University School of Veterinary Medicine, Fujisawa, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Basophils / cytology
Dolphins / blood*
Eosinophils / cytology
Erythrocyte Count / veterinary
Erythrocytes / cytology
Hematologic Tests / methods,  veterinary
Hemoglobins / analysis
Leukocyte Count / veterinary
Leukocytes / cytology
Monocytes / cytology
Reference Values
Whales / blood*
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