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Crassicauda boopis in a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) ship-struck in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean

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On 9 November 2015, a juvenile male fin whale of 11·60 m length was observed on the bulb of a merchant vessel in the Channel Terneuzen – Ghent (The Netherlands – Belgium). A severe parasitosis was present in the right heart ventricle and caudal caval vein. Parasites were identified as Crassicauda boopis based on macroscopic and microscopic observations. The sequence of the 18S rRNA gene obtained from the parasite samples was 100% similar to the sequence of the 18S rRNA gene from Crassicauda magna available on GenBank. While adults of C. boopis and C. magna are morphologically distinct and found at different locations in the body, the molecular analysis of the 18S rRNA gene seems insufficient for reliable species identification. Although numerous C. boopis were found, the cause of death was identified as due to the collision with the ship, as suggested by the presence of a large haematoma, and the absence of evidence of renal failure. The young age of this whale and the absence of severe chronic reaction may suggest that the infestation was not yet at an advanced chronic stage.

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Lempereur, Laetitia, Morgan Delobelle, Marjan Doom, et al. “Crassicauda Boopis in a Fin Whale (Balaenoptera Physalus) Ship-struck in the Eastern North Atlantic Ocean.” PARASITOLOGY OPEN 3 (2017): n. pag. Print.
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Lempereur, L., Delobelle, M., Doom, M., Haelters, J., Levy, E., Losson, B., & Jauniaux, T. (2017). Crassicauda boopis in a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) ship-struck in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean. PARASITOLOGY OPEN, 3.
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Lempereur, Laetitia, Morgan Delobelle, Marjan Doom, Jan Haelters, Etienne Levy, Bertrand Losson, and Thierry Jauniaux. 2017. “Crassicauda Boopis in a Fin Whale (Balaenoptera Physalus) Ship-struck in the Eastern North Atlantic Ocean.” Parasitology Open 3.
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Lempereur, Laetitia, Morgan Delobelle, Marjan Doom, Jan Haelters, Etienne Levy, Bertrand Losson, and Thierry Jauniaux. 2017. “Crassicauda Boopis in a Fin Whale (Balaenoptera Physalus) Ship-struck in the Eastern North Atlantic Ocean.” Parasitology Open 3.
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Lempereur L, Delobelle M, Doom M, Haelters J, Levy E, Losson B, et al. Crassicauda boopis in a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) ship-struck in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean. PARASITOLOGY OPEN. 2017;3.
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L. Lempereur et al., “Crassicauda boopis in a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) ship-struck in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean,” PARASITOLOGY OPEN, vol. 3, 2017.
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  abstract     = {On 9 November 2015, a juvenile male fin whale of 11·60 m length was observed on the bulb of a merchant vessel in the Channel Terneuzen – Ghent (The Netherlands – Belgium). A severe parasitosis was present in the right heart ventricle and caudal caval vein. Parasites were identified as Crassicauda boopis based on macroscopic and microscopic observations. The sequence of the 18S rRNA gene obtained from the parasite samples was 100% similar to the sequence of the 18S rRNA gene from Crassicauda magna available on GenBank. While adults of C. boopis and C. magna are morphologically distinct and found at different locations in the body, the molecular analysis of the 18S rRNA gene seems insufficient for reliable species identification. Although numerous C. boopis were found, the cause of death was identified as due to the collision with the ship, as suggested by the presence of a large haematoma, and the absence of evidence of renal failure. The young age of this whale and the absence of severe chronic reaction may suggest that the infestation was not yet at an advanced chronic stage.},
  articleno    = {e9},
  author       = {Lempereur, Laetitia and Delobelle, Morgan and Doom, Marjan and Haelters, Jan and Levy, Etienne and Losson, Bertrand and Jauniaux, Thierry},
  issn         = {2055-7094},
  journal      = {PARASITOLOGY OPEN},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {6},
  title        = {Crassicauda boopis in a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) ship-struck in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/pao.2017.10},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2017},
}

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