Histopathologic lesions in sea otters exposed to crude oil.

  title={Histopathologic lesions in sea otters exposed to crude oil.},
  author={Thomas P Lipscomb and Roger K Harris and Robert B. Moeller and Jake Pletcher and R J Haebler and Brenda E. Ballachey},
  journal={Veterinary pathology},
  volume={30 1},
Following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, sea otters (Enhydra lutris) that appeared to be contaminated with oil, that were in danger of becoming contaminated, or that were behaving abnormally were captured and taken to rehabilitation centers. Exposure to oil was assessed by visual examination when otters arrived at the centers. Degree of oil exposure was graded according to the following criteria: oil covering greater than 60% of the body--heavily contaminated; oil… CONTINUE READING


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