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Anesthetizing Right Whales
Partners: Florida Museum of Natural History and University of Florida
Produced by: Florida Museum of Natural History


Mike Walsh, a clinical associate professor of veterinary medicine, explains that in the wild, right whales can pick up hundreds of feet of fishing line, which fills their mouths, causing them to starve to death over time. Right whales avoid human contact, so removing the line is difficult. UF applied its methods of anesthetizing dolphins to the whales, and has been successful in removing line from the whales' mouths.

Last updated: August 6, 2013