Strandings and Collections

scientists gather data from stranded dolphin
Photo Credit: Kerri Danil

Stranding investigations and fishery observer programs provide researchers valuable data which are otherwise unobtainable. These programs have provided much of the data we have about cetacean species living off California and in the eastern tropical Pacific. By examining marine mammal carcasses, we can learn about a species’ life history , occurrence, population structure, disease prevalence, and anthropogenic causes of mortality. Tissue samples and skeletal material collected from these animals are archived at SWFSC and museums, respectively. The archive of samples and associated data about individual animals have facilitated technique development, incorporation of photogrammetric data into life history studies and retrospective studies.

Last modified: 7/30/2018