Specimens collected from pilot whale stranding for nist specimen bank. (General Development).
The NIST scientists worked with scientists and volunteers from the New England Aquarium, the Northeast Stranding Network, the NMFS and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to obtain samples for inclusion in the NMMTB. Tissue specimens were collected from 11 animals that died on the first day of the stranding. Three late-stage pregnancies were found among the 11 whales, and tissue specimens were also removed from the three fetuses for a total of 14 animals sampled. Tissue specimens for the NMMTB are collected and processed following rigid standard operating procedures designed to reduce any contamination to the tissue. After processing, the tissue samples were immediately frozen and eventually stored in liquid nitrogen vapor freezers at the NIST NBSB satellite facility located at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C. These specimens, along with more than 2000 tissue specimens from over 715 other marine mammals already archived in the NBSB, will be used to determine not only the levels of contami nants in marine mammals but also the health of the marine environment. They will be available to scientists for evaluation for many years to come.
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|Publication:||Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2003|
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