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Keywords:

  • sonogram;
  • shark;
  • elasmobranch

The use of sonography was evaluated in eleven sharks as a potential diagnostic and investigative tool. Individual sharks were anesthetized with MS-222 (Tricane Methane Sulphonate) and sonograms recorded from various planes using a 3 MHZ linear array scanner. Sonographic images were compared with corresponding postmortem cross sections. Heart rate and rhythm were monitored with real time sonography in an attempt to gauge the depth of the anesthesia. Heart rates ranged from 12–46 bpm. Initial results of this study suggest that sonography may be a useful technique in shark species where the application of radiographic techniques is limited by the lack of adipose tissue and the need to maintain the animal in water.