Accession Number : AD1013979

Title :   Stress Hormones and their Regulation in a Captive Dolphin Population

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : National Marine Mammal Foundation San Diego United States

Personal Author(s) : Champagne,Cory D ; Houser,Dorian S

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Report Date : 30 Sep 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : The Navy requires an understanding of how markers of stress relate to marine mammal health. This information will inform Navy environmental stewardship efforts and will guide decision making regarding Navy actions with the potential to affect the health of wild marine mammal populations. The research program reported here aids our understanding of how the stress response operates in marine mammals by evaluating markers of stress in a captive dolphin population. It determines baseline levels of putative stress hormones and evaluates the functional consequences of increased stress in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) through the assessment of non-traditional biochemical markers.

Descriptors :   Dolphins (Mammals) , marine animals , ecology , demography , stress (physiology) , navy , hormones , response (biology) , cortisol , biochemistry , THYROID , stimuli

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE