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Polar Biology

, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp 529–539 | Cite as

Zinc, cadmium, mercury and selenium in minke whales, belugas and narwhals from West Greenland

  • Carsten Thye Hansen
  • Christian Overgaard Nielsen
  • Rune Dietz
  • Martin Munk Hansen
Article

Summary

Samples of muscle, liver and kidney from 24 minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), 43 belugas (Delphinapterus leucas), and 98 narwhals (Monodon monoceros) were analyzed for zinc, cadmium, mercury, and selenium. Highly significant age accumulation of mercury was found. A lower level of significance of age accumulation of cadmium in belugas and narwhals is probably due to the fact that some of the highest cadmium concentrations are in subadults and young adults. The maximum concentrations of cadmium and mercury are very high: 1.68, 73.7, and 125 μg cadmium, and 9.88, 42.8, and 4.61 μg mercury per g wet weight of narwhal muscle, liver and kidney, respectively. The cadmium concentrations are correlated in the three organs, as are mercury and to a lesser extent selenium concentrations. The concentrations of mercury and selenium in liver are highly correlated.

Keywords

Zinc Mercury Cadmium Selenium Young Adult 
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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carsten Thye Hansen
    • 1
  • Christian Overgaard Nielsen
    • 1
  • Rune Dietz
    • 1
  • Martin Munk Hansen
    • 1
  1. 1.Greenland Environmental Research InstituteCopenhagen NDenmark

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