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Neoplastic Diseases of Marine Mammals

By Michael K. Stoskopf, DVM, PhD, DACZM, Professor of Wildlife and Aquatic Health, Director of the Environmental Medicine Consortium, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University

Tumors in marine mammals are infrequent, although a wide variety has been reported. They are of little consequence except for malignant lymphoma in harbor seals, in which horizontal transmission can occur in a closed population, and transmissible venereal tumor of California sea lions.