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Title: Hydrocarbons in hair, livers and intestines of sea otters (`enhydra lutris`) found dead along the path of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Marine mammal study 6-3. Exxon Valdez oil spill state/federal natural resource damage assessment. Final report

Aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons were analyzed in hair, liver and intestinal samples taken from dead sea otters (Enhydra lutris) collected in spring and summer 1989 from Prince William Sound, the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island, along the path of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Hair showed significant differences in hydrocarbon concentrations among the three locations, but few significant differences were noted for liver or intestine samples. The highest concentrations of both aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons were measured in hair samples from Prince William Sound. Hydrocarbon concentrations in intestine and liver samples from the three locations were generally similar and low, suggesting that uptake into the tissues was limited, or that hydrocarbons within the tissues had been metabolized by the time samples were collected.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
544472
Report Number(s):
PB--97-205652/XAB
TRN: 73082314
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: DN: See also PB--97-205645, PB--96-198577, PB--96-198536, and PB--96-198544; PBD: May 1997
Research Org:
Alaska Fish and Wildlife Research Center, Anchorage, AK (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 56 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, APPLIED STUDIES; OIL SPILLS; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; HYDROCARBONS; BIOLOGICAL ACCUMULATION; OTTERS; BIOASSAY