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Title: Case Report: Ambergris coprolite and septicemia in a male sperm whale stranded in La Palma (Canary Islands)
Authors: Fernández Rodríguez, Antonio Jesús 
Suarez Santana, Cristian Manuel 
Alonso Almorox, Paula 
Consoli, Francesco Mª Achille 
Suárez González, Zuleima 
Molpeceres Diego, Ignacio 
Iglesias González, Claudia
Lorente Hernández, Marta
Pérez, Amaranta Hugo
Martín Barrasa, José Luis 
Llorente, Laura Iglesias
Medina, Félix M.
Guzmán, Raiden Grandía
Llinás Rueda, Diego
Arbelo Hernández, Manuel Antonio 
Sierra Pulpillo, Eva María 
UNESCO Clasification: 310907 Patología
240119 Zoología marina
Keywords: Ambergris
sperm whale
Issue Date: 2024
Journal: Frontiers in Veterinary Science 
Abstract: On the 21st of May 2023, a dead adult male sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) of 13 m in length and estimated weight of around 18,000 kg was reportedly stranded at Playa Los Nogales, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. A necropsy was performed 48hpm. A 50 cm diameter and 9.5 kg coprolite was found obstructing the caudal colon-rectal lumen. Necro-hemorrhagic lesions were found in heart muscles and three different bacteria of intestinal origin were isolated and identified (Edwarsiella tarda, Hathewaya limosa and Clostridium perfringens). It is reported a lethal septicemia of intestinal origin associated with ambergris coprolite as cause of death in this sperm whale.
ISSN: 2297-1769
DOI: 10.3389/fvets.2024.1388276
Source: Frontiers in Veterinary Science[ISSN2297-1769], v.11 (Abril 2024)
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