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Pathological examinations of whales and dolphins, bycaught in South African shark nets

Project data

Project leader: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Sponsorship: DFG
Cooperation partner: Institute for Pathology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Foundation (TiHo)

Project description

Cetaceans are found regularly near South African coasts and are bycaught in anti-shark nets in KwaZulu-Natal frequently. Being top predators, they play an important role as indicators for the ecosystem and alterations due to climate change. Information about the health status of South African whales and dolphins is scarce. Therefore it is the aim of the project to develop a necropsy protocol for cetaceans, which is to be utilised by the Port Elizabeth Museum and the Natal Sharks Board (NSB). Beside a detailed necropsy, this also includes histopathological, microbiological, parasitological, virological and serological examinations. Scientists of the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW) and the Institute for Pathology of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Foundation (TiHo) train South African scientists in Durban in the context of a DFG project. Furthermore, South African biologists and veterinarians perform practical courses at the TiHo institutes. This project will be the beginning of a closer cooperation and further projects are to be planned.


Scientists of the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW) and the Institute for Pathology of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Foundation (TiHo) together with South African scientists .


In anti shark nets in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, bycaught Cetacean and sharks

Contact person

Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum

Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert

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Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum
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Tel.:+49 511 856-8158
Fax.:+49 511 856-8181
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