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Monitoring of living pinnipeds

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Project leader: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Contact person: Miriam Hillmann
Project term: 28.03.2016 through 31.12.2019
Sponsorship: Landesbetrieb für Küstenschutz, Nationalpark und Meeresschutz Schleswig-Holstein, Tönning

Project description

The harbour seal is the most common seal species in the Wadden Sea of Schleswig-Holstein. The seal population was substantially reduced in 1988/89 and 2002 by two seal epidemics caused by the phocine distemper virus (PDV) and 2014 caused by an influenza virus. Several sensitive parameters for the status assessment of the seal population in the national park can only be determined in a living animal, including blood tests as well as immunological and enzymatic investigations. Therefore, the examination of seals captured on the seal banks was initiated to supplement the investigation of dead seals.
As part of this program seals are caught with nets in the Wadden Sea of Schleswig-Holstein. This is performed with the help of employees of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, employees of the LKN, the seal hunters and other volunteers. Animals are weighed and measured. Blood, hair and faeces samples are collected as well as swabs for bacteriology. Investigations on the blood status, blood chemistry, cytology, microbiology, virology and serology are performed in collaboration with the Institute for Hygiene and Infectious Diseases of the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, the Research Center for Emerging and Infectious Diseases and the Institute for Pathology of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation. Within the scope of other projects and doctoral theses seals are equipped with data loggers and auditory evoked potentials are recorded.

 

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

 

Kornelia Wolff-Schmidt

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