Research Article: Trace elements and organic contaminants in tissues of minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorotstrata) and its feed from Icelandic waters

Date Published: February 24, 2012

Publisher: BioMed Central

Author(s): Guðjón Atli Auðunsson, Gísli A Víkingsson.


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In a research project by Iceland under the auspice of the Marine Research Institute Iceland in 2003-2007, 200 minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) were caught in Icelandic waters. Within this research effort of Iceland, a comprehensive research activites were devoted to analysis of trace elements and organic contaminants in both different tissues of the minke whale and its possible prey species as revealed by stomach content. The scientific questions asked by these studies were the following: