Buster II

Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

(MML 9708, FB 402)

Age Class Adult
Gender Male
Date Stranded September 20, 1997
Location of Stranding Gulf side of Siesta Key, FL
Date of Arrival September 21, 1997
Number of Days of Care 69

Final Disposition

Release on 28 Nov 1997
Buster may have stranded due to severe gastric distress (bloat). He was placed on prophylactic antibiotics and treated for possible nematode and trematode parasites. Buster's appetite and behavior were normal. The dolphin was released 2 weeks after being taken off antibiotics.

Followup:
Tracked via radio tag for <1 day

Lessons:
1- Stomach tube should be included in beach response gear.
2- Reducing fat in diet may aid in cases of elevated liver values.

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