The medical treatment of 3 stranded harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena

  • Published source details Kastelein R.A., Bakker M.J. & Dokter T. (1990) The medical treatment of 3 stranded harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena. Aquatic Mammals, 15, 181-202.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Rehabilitate and release injured, sick or weak marine and freshwater mammals

Action Link
Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation
  1. Rehabilitate and release injured, sick or weak marine and freshwater mammals

    A study in 1988 of a pelagic area in the North Sea, the Netherlands (Kastelein et al. 1990) found that two of three stranded harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena were successfully rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Two stranded harbour porpoises (a young female and an adult male) were successfully rescued and released back into the wild after eight months of rehabilitation. Survival after release was not reported. The other porpoise (an adult male) was rescued and rehabilitated but died of an infection seven months after capture. The three porpoises were found stranded on a beach in March 1988 in poor condition (wounded, dehydrated and underweight) and taken to a rehabilitation facility. They were kept in a rectangular pool (8 x 3 m, 1 m deep), had wounds treated, were given antibiotics, parasite and hormone treatments, oral rehydration salts and vitamins, and fed fish (3–4 times/day). Two of the three porpoises were released back into the wild in November 1988.

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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