PCBs remain the highest chemical contaminant in the whales' blubber
, and are known to disrupt the whales' reproductive, endocrine, thyroid and immune systems, harm their brains and trigger cancer.
By Friday, a crew of about 10 volunteers had removed most of the blubber
, which was the relatively easy part of the job, Stevenson said.
To examine variability of blubber
thickness in belugas, I measured blubber
depths along five half-girth widths and from 15 other body locations selected on the basis of previously published blubber
thickness measurements from belugas in Hudson Bay and the body locations where emaciated harbour porpoises (.Phocoena phocoena) lost the most blubber
(Doidge, 1990; Koopman et al., 2002).
"They would then tow it back to the ship, which could take hours or even days, and gradually they would remove the baleen and strip off the blubber
It seems most of us frolicking in the water, with blubber
or without, remain safe.
Ask a Research Question: What role does blubber
play in helping polar animals survive?
HThis week I found myself forced to look up the word blubber
and have decided to share my findings with you.
The authors used immunochemistry to analyze CYP1A1 expression in skin and blubber
samples collected from 234 sperm whales from five Pacific Ocean regions.
The group of harbour seals at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium have been put on double rations to help build up their blubber
to cope with the wintry weather.
Stomach and intestine contents, teeth, skin and blubber
samples were taken and preserved.
She'll moan about her weight in the Press, have the blubber
sucked out in surgery, reveal her new body in a mag deal...
Naturally this is an American discovery, the Americans having the largest reserves of blubber
on the planet.
Why would I choose to spend my years graduate school up to my elbows in foul-smelling whale blubber
? To explore how some of the most notorious man-made pollutants reach dangerous concentrations in large predators, even when concentrations of these pollutants in seawater are low and considered "safe."
I was certainly no hero and continued to blubber
Dear EarthTalk: It is true that the carcasses of whales that wash up on shore are considered dangerous to humans because of the amount of toxins and chemicals in their blubber
? --Michael O'Loughlin, Tigard, OR