Increased blubber cortisol in ice-entrapped beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas)

Abstract

Entrapments of whales in sea ice occur occasionally in the Arctic and often last several weeks or months, resulting in emaciation or death of whales. These events provide a unique opportunity for investigating the physiological response to a prolonged or chronic stress in an otherwise healthy population of marine mammals. By measuring cortisol in blubber, a… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00300-015-1881-y

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