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Total body burden and tissue distribution of polyfluorinated compounds in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) from the German Bight

Total body burden and tissue distribution of polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) were investigated in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) from the German Bight in 2007. The mean whole body burden in harbor seals of all detected PFCs was estimated to be 2665 ± 1207 µg absolute. The major amount of the total PFCs burden in the bodies was in blood (38%) and liver (36%), followed by muscle (13%), lung (8%), kidney (2%), blubber (2%), heart (1%), brain (1%), thymus (<0.01%) and thyroid (<0.01%). These data suggest large differences in body burden and accumulation pattern of PFCs in marine mammals.

Reference:
Ahrens L, Siebert U, Ebinghaus R, 2009. Total body burden and tissue distribution of polyfluorinated compounds in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) from the German Bight. Marine Poll. Bull. 58, 520-525.

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Figure 1. PFC whole body burden distribution in percent and µg per tissue in brackets for harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) from the German Bight. Download

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