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Carmelita, Mystic

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Carmelita, Mystic - Mystic Dolphin Still Suffering From Infection...
Mystic Dolphin Still Suffering From Infection MYSTIC A rare dolphin that survived an apparently illegal shipment remains in poor condition, suffering from a severe ulcer and an infection, a spokeswoman at the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium said Thursday. Laura Keezer said aquarium officials suspect the surviving Commerson's dolphin also may be plagued by numerous parasites. The female dolphin continues to appear listless and, although eating, is unable to digest food properly, Ms. Keezer said. She said the South American dolphins have developed a capability to survive parasite infestation. She said, however, the "incredible stress" of the shipment from Argentina to New York last month may have increased the mammal's susceptibility to parasites. The National Marine Fisheries Service is attempting to fine a Japanese firm for trying to ship the mammals through New York to Japan. 10

Clipped from Hartford Courant, 12 Jan 1979, Fri,  Page 57

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