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Rescue, rehabilitation and release of finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis) in Korea
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Rescue, rehabilitation and release of finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis) in Korea
KIM, Moon-Jin; SOHN, Hawsun;
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 Abstract
The coastal water of Korean Peninsula is the major habitat for finless porpoises. However, hundreds of finless porpoises are currently caught incidentally by stow-net fishery every year. To prevent the mass mortality of finless porpoises and conserve marine animals, Busan Aquarium has been designated as a "Marine Life Ex-Situ Conservation Institution and Marine Animal Conservation Center," and Cetacean Research Institute, under the National Institute of Fisheries Science have started RRR (rescue, rehabilitation and release) project together since 2011. From 2012 to 2013, four individuals of finless porpoises had been rescued and two of them finally released to their original habitat after fully recovered in July 2013. As a result, according to growth curve of finless porpoise of Korea more than 140 cm of body length, 38 kg of total weight referred to adult, results of observation of the change in the hormone revealed that mating time of finless porpoises is January, Jun and July. To become the initial institution which rescues, treatment, husbandry and releases finless porpoise in Korea.
 Keywords
Neophocaena asiaeorientalis;Rescue;Rehabilitation;Release;Finless porpoises;
 Language
Korean
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