Friday, November 5, 2010

Hearing Loss Might Be Responsible for Dolphin Strandings

Bottlenose Dolphin
Dolphins rely on echolocation to orient themselves in the water and find food, but what happens when a dolphin is deaf?

According to this story, researchers at the University of South Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory conducted a study on dolphins (bottlenose and rough-toothed) found stranded. They discovered that 57% of the bottlenose and 36% of the rough-toothed dolphins that were stranded were severely to profoundly deaf. The findings give new information to veterinarians and marine biologists, especially when considering releasing animals back into the wild.

I wonder what a hearing aid for a dolphin would look like?

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