marine mammals

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

It’s being called the largest marine mammal stranding in Florida history: nearly 100 false killer whales have been stranded along the shores of Monroe County, on the west coast of Florida just south of Everglades City.

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Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota contributed samples for a new study from an unusual dolphin species to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nineteen-year-old bones from clymene dolphins  have raised questions for scientists studying marine mammals. The Science journal PLOS ONE  introduced the clymene dolphin, which is a hybrid species separate that arose from two other species. The bones were found after a mass stranding in 1995 in Tarpon Springs and taken to Mote’s marine mammal bone archive.