How Do You Manage Pain in Injured Dolphins? (Video)

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins

Over 37,000 Middle Schoolers Select Film Contest Winners
2nd Place: How to Treat a Bruised Flipper: Developing Pain Medications for Dolphins

The Ocean 180 Video Challenge is an annual contest that encourages scientists to create and share three-minute (180-second) videos about their published ocean research. The contest is designed to inspire scientists to share the significance and relevance of their research with a bigger audience, focusing on what the research means for the non-scientific community.

Ten finalists were selected by the Wave 1 Judging team, a panel of science and communication experts. Four winners were then selected by the Student Judging Team, which was comprised of 37,795 middle school students from 1,600 classrooms in 21 countries. Each of the four winners will be awarded a portion of a $9,000 prize package to “honor their work in communicating science to the public.” The videos were judged based on creativity, message, and educational value.

Bottlenose dolphin. Photo credit: NOAA.

Bottlenose dolphin. Photo credit: NOAA.

The second place winner, How to Treat a Bruised Flipper: Developing Pain Medications for Dolphins, is a film about the first-ever study to examine how pain medication works in dolphins.

Researchers at the Marine Mammal Center found that one dose of meloxicam, which is typically used to treat pain and inflammation, lasts more than seven days. The study, published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Pharmacokinetics of Single Dose Oral Meloxicam in Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursops truncatus), is explained in the video below.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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