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Global mercury and selenium concentrations in skin from free-ranging sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus)
Science of The Total Environment (2013)
  • W. Douglas Thompson, University of Southern Maine
  • Laura C. Savery, University of Southern Maine
  • David C. Evers
  • Sandra S. Wise, University of Southern Maine
  • Carolyne Falank, University of Southern Maine
  • James Wise, University of Southern Maine
  • Christy Gianios, Jr., University of Southern Maine
  • Iain Kerr, University of Southern Maine
  • Roger Payne
  • Christopher Perkins, University of Connecticut - Storrs
  • Tongzhang Zheng, Yale University
  • Cairong Zhu, Yale University
  • Lucille Benedict, University of Southern Maine
  • John Pierce Wise, Sr., University of Southern Maine
Abstract
Pollution of the ocean by mercury (Hg) is a global concern. Hg persists, bioaccumulates and is toxic putting high trophic consumers at risk. The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), is a sentinel of ocean health due to its wide distribution, longevity and high trophic level. Our aim was to survey Hg concentrations worldwide in the skin of free-ranging sperm whales considering region, gender and age.
Keywords
  • Mercury,
  • Selenium,
  • Sperm whale,
  • Skin biopsy,
  • Global
Publication Date
April 15, 2013
Publisher Statement
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.01.070 http://www.journals.elsevier.com/science-of-the-total-environment/
Citation Information
W. Douglas Thompson, Laura C. Savery, David C. Evers, Sandra S. Wise, et al.. "Global mercury and selenium concentrations in skin from free-ranging sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus)" Science of The Total Environment Vol. 450-451 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lucille_benedict1/1/