Polychlorinated Biphenyl DDT And Dieldrin Residues In Grey Seal (Halichoerus-Grypus) Males Females And Mother-Foetus Pairs Sampled At The Farne Islands England During The Breeding-Season

Donkin, P; Mann, SV; Hamilton, EI. 1981 Polychlorinated Biphenyl DDT And Dieldrin Residues In Grey Seal (Halichoerus-Grypus) Males Females And Mother-Foetus Pairs Sampled At The Farne Islands England During The Breeding-Season. Science of the Total Environment, 19 (2). 121 - 142. 10.1016/0048-9697(81)90003-6

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0048-9697(81)90003-6

Abstract/Summary

PCB, DDT, DDE, dieldrin and total non-polar organohalogen residues have been determined in the blubber-lipid of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) sampled during the 1972 breeding season (November) at the Farne Islands off the north eastern coast of England. PCBs were analysed by gas-liquid chromatography linked to a chlorine- and carbon-selective microwave plasma detector and total organohalogen residues were determined by microcoulometry. Total organohalogen residues were negatively correlated with blubber thickness and positively correlated with age in males (aged 1 to 24 y) and females (aged 5 to 38 y). However, the correlation of blubber-lipid residue with age in males depended upon the inclusion of immature (aged < 6 y) animals, and in females reflected only a small residue increment. The mean blubber organohalogen concentration of the males was significantly greater than that of the females. PCB and DDT group residue concentrations were significantly correlated. PCB, DDT, DDE and dieldrin were detected in the liver of mother/foetus pairs demonstrating transplacental movement of these residues. The possibility of the condition of the seals at breeding time influencing residue levels and of these residues influencing the health of the population is discussed.

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Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
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Date made live: 11 Feb 2014 15:54
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:03
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/2779

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