Accession Number : ADA306152

Title :   An Inexpensive Portable Pool System Useful for Temporary Housing, Medical Isolation, and Stranding Rehabilitation of Marine Mammals

Descriptive Note : Professional paper

Corporate Author : NAVAL COMMAND CONTROL AND OCEAN SURVEILLANCE CENTER RDT AND E DIV SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Shippee, S F ; Hall, R W ; Larson, J R ; Miller, D

PDF Url : ADA306152

Report Date : Mar 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The Navy's marine mammal program has explored a variety of designs for portable self-contained marine mammal pools to support maintaining animals during system deployments. As a consequence, a simplified concept for an easily transported pool and filtration system has been developed. NRaD's efforts in designing, operating, and testing these pools have to date proven their suitability for maintaining bottlenose dolphins without incident for periods of over two weeks. The design could also be modified for holding pinnipeds with little effort. Material costs of this pool design average $5000, most components are available off-the-shelf, and set-up can be easily accomplished in a single day, even in remote areas. Operating procedures for proper maintenance of water quality and animal handling are also discussed in this poster. This type of design may benefit other marine mammal facilities with a requirement for portable temporary holding pools, especially for medical isolation or stranding rehabilitation use.

Descriptors :   *AQUATIC ANIMALS, *DOLPHINS(MAMMALS), *MEDICAL SERVICES, *REHABILITATION, ANIMALS, COSTS, DAY, DEPLOYMENT, FACILITIES, FILTRATION, HANDLING, ISOLATION, MAINTENANCE, MAMMALS, MATERIALS, MEDICINE, NAVY, PORPOISES, REMOTE AREAS, SIMPLIFICATION, WATER QUALITY

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Humanities and History
      Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE