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A Global Assessment of Gold, Titanium, Strontium and Barium Pollution Using Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) As an Indicator Species
Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography (2011)
  • John Pierce Wise, Sr., University of Southern Maine
  • W. Douglas Thompson, University of Southern Maine
  • Sandra S. Wise, University of Southern Maine
  • Carolyne LaCerte, University of Southern Maine
  • James Wise
  • Christy Gianos, Jr., University of Southern Maine
  • Christopher Perkins, University of Connecticut - Storrs
  • Tongzhang Zheng, Yale University
  • Lucille A. Benedict, University of Southern Maine
  • Michael D. Mason, University of Maine - Main
  • Roger Payne
  • Iain Kerr
Abstract

This study provides a global baseline for barium, gold, titanium and strontium as marine pollutants using the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) as an indicator species. Biopsies from 298 free ranging sperm whales were collected from around the globe. These data provide an important global baseline for barium, gold, titanium and strontium pollution and will allow for important comparisons to be made over time to assess the impact of nanomaterials on whales and the marine environment.

Keywords
  • Pollutants,
  • Sperm Whales,
  • Oceans,
  • Biopsy Sampling,
  • Gold,
  • Titanium,
  • Strontium,
  • Barium
Disciplines
Publication Date
2011
Publisher Statement
doi:10.4172/2157-7625.1000101 This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Citation Information
John Pierce Wise, W. Douglas Thompson, Sandra S. Wise, Carolyne LaCerte, et al.. "A Global Assessment of Gold, Titanium, Strontium and Barium Pollution Using Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) As an Indicator Species" Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lucille_benedict1/25/