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Serum chemistry of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus).
|Title||Serum chemistry of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus).|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1996|
|Authors||Heidel JR, Philo LM, Albert TF, Andreasen CB, Stang BV|
|Journal||Journal of wildlife diseases|
|Date Published||1996 Jan|
|Keywords||Animals, Blood Chemical Analysis, Blood Glucose, Blood Proteins, Creatinine, Female, Male, Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Animal, Reference Values, Sex Characteristics, Sodium, Triglycerides, Whales|
Sera of 19 male and female bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) collected near Barrow, Alaska (USA) between 30 August and 13 October 1992 were evaluated for 18 serum chemistry values. Male bowhead whales had significantly greater creatinine and sodium concentrations, and significantly lower glucose concentrations than females. Pregnant females had greater triglyceride levels than non-pregnant females. The mean concentrations of creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, alkaline phosphatase, total bilirubin, total protein, sodium, potassium, chloride, phosphorus, and calcium were similar to those previously reported from bowhead whales. High aspartate aminotransferase and creatinine kinase levels were attributed to muscle damage associated with harpooning.
|Alternate Journal||J. Wildl. Dis.|