[MARMAM] New paper: Biosy wound healing in long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)

Joan Giménez Verdugo gimenez.verdugo at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 15:36:32 PST 2011

To whom it may concern:

The following paper has been published in Veterinary Record:

*Wound healing in long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)*

J. Giménez, R. De Stephanis, P. Gauffier, R. Esteban, P. Verborgh

Veterinary Record (2011) 168, 101b  doi: 10.1136/vr.c5284


In the last decades, the use of biopsy darting increased to address several
questions on cetacean biology, population structure, contaminant loads,
social structure, feeding ecology, and evolutionary relationships (e.g., de
Stephanis et al., 2008a,b, Walker et al., 1999, Engelhaupt et al 2009, Fossi
et al. 2003, Leduc et al., 1999). So it is necessary to study the process of
wound healing to assess the potential risks to the target species and
different populations. Using a 67-kg draw crossbow (Zasdar), biopsy samples
were successfully collected between 2004 and 2008, on 87 occasions from
long-finned pilot whales in the Strait of Gibraltar but it was possible to
monitor the wound healing only in 35 occasions (40% monitoring rate) with
high quality photographs.

Four different wound healing stages were used following Weller *et
al.*(1997) and
our results showed that the wound could close as rapidly as 4 days after the
biopsy although stage 2 was reached on average after 60 days (Xmin= 60.33 ±
28.70 days)) when the epidermis appeared to have covered the wound judged by
the smooth appearance of the wound and absence of pinkish coloration, while
repigmentation phase took less than a year (Xmin= 260.48 ± 84.70) and the
lack of evident infection or excessive inflammation at the biopsy site
provides evidence that biopsy-darting is unlikely to cause long-term health
problems for pilot whales, but gave valuable data for the management of the

If you are interested in the paper, you can download it in the next link:


Best regards,

*Joan Giménez Verdugo*

CIRCE (Conservation, Information and Research on Cetaceans)
C/ Cabeza de Manzaneda, 3
11390 Pelayo-Algeciras
Cádiz (Spain)


joan at circe.biz

gimenez.verdugo at gmail.com
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