The distribution and stratification of persistent organic pollutants and fatty acids in bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) blubber.

@article{Ellisor2013TheDA,
  title={The distribution and stratification of persistent organic pollutants and fatty acids in bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) blubber.},
  author={Debra Ellisor and William A Mclellan and Heather N Koopman and Lori H. Schwacke and Wayne E. McFee and John R. Kucklick},
  journal={The Science of the total environment},
  year={2013},
  volume={463-464},
  pages={581-8}
}
Blubber has been used for decades to monitor exposure of marine mammals to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). However, little is known about POP variability as a function of blubber depth and across the body of the animal. Remote blubber biopsy sampling (e.g, projectile biopsy) is the most common technique used to acquire samples from free-swimming animals, yet such techniques may result in variable sampling. It is important to understand whether blubber stratification or body location… CONTINUE READING