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Post-mortem investigations on a leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea stranded along the Northern Adriatic coastline
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Leatherback sea turtles Dermochelys coriacea are regularly reported in the Mediterranean Sea but rarely reach the northern Adriatic Sea. In the summer of 2009, a well-preserved carcass of an adult female of this species was found dead along the coast of Lido di Venezia. A complete necropsy was carried out, along with evaluation of levels of tissue trace elements. The the post-mortem revealed acute severe bacterial gastroenteritis caused by Photobacterium damselae ssp. piscicida, andoi:10.3354/dao02479 pmid:22885515 fatcat:sjgedq4libdvbgvqw4zf27coku