Pathology and toxicology of beluga whales from the St. Lawrence Estuary, Quebec, Canada. Past, present and future.

@article{Martineau1994PathologyAT,
  title={Pathology and toxicology of beluga whales from the St. Lawrence Estuary, Quebec, Canada. Past, present and future.},
  author={Daniel Martineau and Sylvain De Guise and Marianne. Fournier and Lee R. Shugart and Christiane A. Girard and Annie Lagace and Pierre B{\'e}land},
  journal={The Science of the total environment},
  year={1994},
  volume={154 2-3},
  pages={
          201-15
        }
}
An indigenous population of 450-500 beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) inhabiting the St. Lawrence Estuary has been exposed chronically for more than 50 years to a complex mixture of industrial pollutants including organochlorinated compounds (OC), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and heavy metals. From 1983 to 1990, we have necropsied 45 well preserved carcasses out of a total of 120 beluga whales reported dead over this period. Of these 45 animals, nine were affected by 10 malignant… CONTINUE READING
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