Arteriovenous Patterns in Beaked Whales
University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington United States
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There were two discrete research goals1 To provide a clear picture of the vascular anatomy in beaked whale heads that will enhance our understanding of the basic biology of beaked whales and act as a baseline from which future morphological e.g. acoustic pathways, pathophysiological e.g. decompression sickness and embolus formation and mathematical modeling e.g. diving nitrogen kinetics research can evolve. To conduct a preliminary histologic examination of tissues associated with the extramandibular fat body EMFB, intramandibular fat body IMFB and pterygoid venous lake. 2 To describe the vascular morphology of the pulmonary system in bottlenose dolphins and investigate the presence of anatomic intrapulmonary shunts. Results may help inform future models of pulmonary shunting used for mathematical modeling of diving nitrogen saturation levels in cetaceans.