THE COMPOSITION OF DOLPHIN MILK

Values found in the literature (l-8) for the composition of
cetacean milk were based on specimens collected several hours
after the animals had been killed. The samples may have been
contaminated with sea water, blubber oil, blood, or other body
fluids, and some may have been poorly preserved; Clowes (2) has
adequately discussed these points. The milk analyses reported
in this paper are significant because they were obtained on uncontaminated
samples from living anima1s.l Data will be presented
on the major constituents of milk obtained from three live bottlenose


dolphins
(Tursiops truncatus) and, in addition, from one
spotted dolphin

(Prodelphinus plagiodon) 1.5 hours after it had
been harpooned.

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