Lionel’s Story

Fig2 - The carcass of a 175cm (5.7') male bottlenose dolphin that came ashore on Roanoke Island, October 7, 2011.

Fig2 – The carcass of a 175cm (5.7′) male bottlenose dolphin that came ashore on Roanoke Island, October 7, 2011

Click through the images in the gallery below for the details of Lionel’s story.

Lionel’s Timeline

 

All dates prior to October 7, 2011 are conjecture based on the information we have available.

Late April 2011
Late April 2011

Male bottlenose dolphin (who we later named "Lionel") was born in the estuarine waters of North Carolina.

Late June 2011
Late June 2011

The young dolphin's head became entangled in net.

Early October 2011
Fig4 - A different type and color gill net entangled the left pectoral fin
Early October 2011

The dolphin's pectoral fins became entangled in net.

October 7, 2011
Fig2 - The carcass of a 175cm (5.7') male bottlenose dolphin that came ashore on Roanoke Island, October 7, 2011.
October 7, 2011

The dolphin came ashore dead with tail cut off. Field necropsy.

October 20, 2011
Fig6 - The head dissection revealed eight lesions from monofilament line over the maxilla and mandibular tissues
October 20, 2011

Head necropsy and began maceration.

April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012

Head maceration completed.

May 6, 2012
Fig7 - Post-maceration examination of the rostral palate (left) and the maxillary, premaxillary, and mandibular bones (right) reveals the degree of bone damage and remodeling resulting from chronic entanglement. Monofilament fishing line supports the skull and jaws in the wooden display rack.
May 6, 2012

Ammonia soak completed.

August 10, 2012
Fig8 - Aluminite casting resin mixed with bone dust facilitated bone-strengthening and repairs
August 10, 2012

Drying, strengthening, and repairs completed.

2055
2055

Dolphin could have reached old age well into his forties had he survived.

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