Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month – Case January 2012
Around 100 of these specimens were found in the blow hole and stomach of a Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) that stranded on Cape Cod, MA. The whale died but the worms were still alive at necropsy.
Take a look at the pictures and answer the following questions.
What are they ?
Is there any risk in handling them ?
What is the best way to handle them ?
chime in with your comments, I’ll post the answer next month.