Organochlorine levels in common seals (Phoca vitulina) which were victims and survivors of the 1988 phocine distemper epizootic

A. J. Hall*, R. J. Law, D. E. Wells, J. Harwood, H. M. Ross, S. Kennedy, C. R. Allchin, L. A. Campbell, P. P. Pomeroy

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Abstract

We compared concentrations of organochlorines in the blubber of common seals (Phoca vitulina) found dead during the 1988 phocine distemper epizootic with levels in animals which survived it. There were highly significant differences between the live and dead animals, and between sample sites. These were not fully accounted for by seasonal and condition-related changes in blubber thickness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-162
Number of pages18
JournalScience of the Total Environment, The
Volume115
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 1992

Keywords

  • DDT
  • organochlorines
  • phocid distemper
  • polychlorinated biphenyls
  • seals

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