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Parasitism as a Factor (?) in Single Strandings of Southern California Cetaceans

Murray D. Dailey and William A. Walker
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 64, No. 4 (Aug., 1978), pp. 593-596
DOI: 10.2307/3279939
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3279939
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Parasitism as a Factor (?) in Single Strandings of Southern California Cetaceans
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Abstract

From 1970 to 1976 a total of 91 cetaceans was examined for parasites and associated pathology. Sixty of the animals were found stranded along a 100-mile section of southern California coastline while 31 were taken at sea. Parasites from 5 species of cetaceans are reported along with their possible role as a contributing factor in stranding behavior.

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