Accumulation of silver in the liver of three species of pinnipeds

  • Saeki K
  • Nakajima M
  • Loughlin T
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Abstract

Silver in the three species of pinnipeds [northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus), and harbor seal (Phoca vitulina)] caught in the North Pacific Ocean were analyzed using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, in order to understand accumulation and distribution of silver in pinnipeds. In northern fur seals, relatively high concentrations of silver were observed in the liver and body hair. Some 70% of the silver burden was concentrated in the liver. Hepatic silver concentrations were significantly correlated to age in northern fur seals (r=0.766, P

Author-supplied keywords

  • Accumulation
  • Mercury
  • Pinnipeds
  • Selenium
  • Silver

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Authors

  • K. Saeki

  • M. Nakajima

  • T. R. Loughlin

  • D. C. Calkins

  • N. Baba

  • M. Kiyota

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