That day when your veterinarian helped with the sharks.
Recently, when one of our veterinarians, Dr. Ahalt, was seeing clients at Brunswick Veterinary Clinic a question came in that he wasn't expecting from the American Shark Conservancy: can you put surgical staples into a shark to help close a small incision?
The question centered around whether the staples would hold, and the best type to use based on the "physical characteristics of the area on the body [of the shark] where the incision is, it's body wall thickness, tension and movement."
We were pretty interested in how this question came up, as we can honestly put our hand on our hearts and say that in over twenty years in the practice of veterinary medicine Dr. Ahalt has never been asked that, so we asked the marine biologist who posed the question, Hannah Medd and her answer was pretty fascinating! Here is what she said:
We think this was a pretty cool question and a great cause! If you have a moment, check out the great work that the American Shark Conservancy has, and the next time there is a shark warning off the coast of MD and the shark is tagged, take a moment and wonder whether the alert is coming from a tag that is possibly stapled by the American Shark Conservancy thanks to the advice of your veterinarian!