Accession Number : ADA617500


Title :   Evaluating the Effects of Stressors on Immune Function during Simulated Dives in Marine Mammals


Descriptive Note : Annual rept.


Corporate Author : MYSTIC AQUARIUM AND INST FOR EXPLORATION CT


Personal Author(s) : Romano, Tracy ; Thompson, Laura


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a617500.pdf


Report Date : 30 Sep 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 8


Abstract : The major goals of this study were to 1) gain an understanding of the marine mammal immune response with respect to dive adaptation by investigating the response of marine mammal immune cells to simulated dives (i.e. pressure excursions) and 2) to evaluate the potential for additional stressors to alter the response of marine mammal immune cells to simulated dives, thereby providing information which may aid future efforts to assess the impacts of anthropogenic activities on marine mammal health. The specific objectives of this effort were to 1) investigate the effects of simulated dive exposures on cellular immune function in belugas, 2) evaluate the effects of simulated dive exposures on cellular immune function in belugas following a known stressor event, 3) collect biological samples from wild belugas to compare with aquarium whales, and 4) compare the effects of simulated dive exposures on cellular immune function in seals from stranding (stressor) and release (healthy).


Descriptors :   *AQUATIC ANIMALS , *DIVING , *STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY) , ASSAYING , CELLS(BIOLOGY) , HORMONES , MAMMALS


Subject Categories : Biology
      Anatomy and Physiology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE