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    <p>Dear fellow MARMAMers,</p>
    <p>on behalf of the authors I am happy to inform you about the
      recent publication of a new paper on the health of cetaceans off
      the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands):</p>
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          <p><font size="-1"><span style="font-size: 16.000000pt;
                font-family: 'Arial'; font-weight: 700; font-style:
                italic">External Body Conditions in Cetaceans from La
                Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain </span></font></p>
          <p><span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family:
              'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">Gratia Kautek</span><span
              style="font-size: 8.000000pt; font-family:
              'TimesNewRomanPSMT'; vertical-align: 5.000000pt"></span><span
              style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family:
              'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">, Marie</span><span style="font-size:
              12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">-</span><span
              style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family:
              'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">Francoise Van Bressem</span><span
              style="font-size: 8.000000pt; font-family:
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              style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family:
              'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">, and Fabian Ritter</span><span
              style="font-size: 8.000000pt; font-family:
              'TimesNewRomanPSMT'; vertical-align: 5.000000pt"><br>
            </span></p>
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                <p><span style="font-size: 8.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'"><font size="+1"><i>Journal of
                        Marine Animals and Their Ecology, Volume 11,
                        Issue 2, 2019</i><br>
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          <p>Abstract:</p>
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                <p><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">We report on externally visible
                    pathological and natural conditions in free</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">-</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">ranging
                    cetaceans off La Gomera, Canary Islands, in the
                    period 1995</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">-</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">2018. Photographic records of
                    Atlantic spotted dolphins (</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">Stenella
                    frontalis</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt;
                    font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">), bottlenose
                    dolphins (</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt;
                    font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">Tursiops
                    truncatus</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt;
                    font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">), short</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">-</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">finned
                    pilot whales (</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS';
                    font-style: italic">Globicephala macrorhynchus</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">), rough</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">-</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">toothed
                    dolphins (</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt;
                    font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">Steno
                    bredanensis</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">),
                    common dolphins (</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS';
                    font-style: italic">Delphinus delphis</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">), Cuvier</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'"></span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">s
                    beaked whales (</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS';
                    font-style: italic">Ziphius cavirostris</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">), Blainsville</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'"></span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">s
                    beaked whales (</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS';
                    font-style: italic">Mesoplodon densirostris</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">) and Bryde</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'"></span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">s
                    whales (</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt;
                    font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">Balaenoptera
                    edeni</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt;
                    font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">) were screened
                    for the presence of pathological and natural body
                    conditions. External conditions were classified
                    according to their characteristics. A total of 279
                    individuals were found presenting skin disorders,
                    injuries, emaciation, deformations or parasitism.
                    Epidermal conditions including tattoo skin disease,
                    focal skin disease, cutaneous nodules, pale skin
                    patches and abnormal pigmentation were detected in
                    76 delphinids </span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'; color:
                    rgb(0.000000%, 0.000000%, 3.920000%)">and seemed
                    common in </span><span style="font-size:
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                    font-style: italic; color: rgb(0.000000%, 0.000000%,
                    3.920000%)">T. truncatus</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">. Cases of emaciation were
                    observed in 25 </span><span style="font-size:
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                    font-style: italic">T. truncatus </span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">and in one </span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">G.
                    macrorhynchus </span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">in
                    2010 and 2014. The dorsal fin of 76 dolphins and
                    whales was bent, collapsed, injured or amputated.
                    Traumata of possible anthropogenic origin affected
                    the dorsal fin, tailstock and head of 24 delphinids
                    and two </span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt;
                    font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">B.
                    edeni</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt;
                    font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">. The obligate
                    cetacean barnacle </span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS';
                    font-style: italic">Xenobalanus globicipitis </span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">infested 23 individuals of five
                    species. Scars and wounds attributed to </span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">Petromyzon
                    marinus </span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt;
                    font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">and </span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">Isistius </span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">sp. occurred in most species,
                    including </span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS';
                    font-style: italic">B. edeni</span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">. Lesions possibly caused by </span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">Pennella
                    balaenoptera </span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">were
                    seen in two </span><span style="font-size:
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                    font-style: italic">T. truncatus </span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">and one </span><span
                    style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">Z.
                    cavirostris</span><span style="font-size:
                    9.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">. This
                    study provides a preliminary insight into externally
                    visible skin disorders, traumata, body conditions
                    and parasites occurring in cetaceans south of La
                    Gomera, Canary Islands. </span><span
                    style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">[JMATE 2019;11(2):4</span><span
                    style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">-</span><span style="font-size:
                    10.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'">17] </span></p>
                <p><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family:
                    'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic">Keywords:
                    cetaceans, skin disease, body condition, injuries,
                    epizoa </span></p>
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          <p>The paper is freely available at: <a
              class="moz-txt-link-freetext"
              href="http://www.oers.ca/journal/volume11/issue2/scientific.pdf"
              moz-do-not-send="true">http://www.oers.ca/journal/volume11/issue2/scientific.pdf</a>
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          <p>Best greetings, Fabian</p>
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