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See detailConcentrations of chlorinated and brominated contaminants and their metabolites in serum of harbour seals and harbour porpoises
Weijs, Liesbeth; Das, Krishna ULg; Siebert, Ursula et al

in Environment International (2009), 35(6), 842-850

Harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) are top predators in the North Sea and consequently accumulate a variety of pollutants in their tissues. Concentrations of ... [more ▼]

Harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) are top predators in the North Sea and consequently accumulate a variety of pollutants in their tissues. Concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and their hydroxylated metabolites (HO-PCBs and HO-PBDEs) were measured in serum of wild harbour seals (n=47) and captive harbour porpoises (n=21). Both species exhibit long life spans and do not have extreme situations, such as complete fasting during periods of lactation, in their annual cycles. For PCBs, concentrations in adult males were slightly higher than in juveniles and lowest in juvenile females. For PBDEs, juveniles have higher levels than adult males and females, probably as a consequence of lactational transfer. However. differences between these age-gender groups were not statistical significant, indicating that individual variation was limited within each species, even without knowing the feeding status of the animals. Body condition. particularly emaciation, has a major influence on the levels of chlorinated and brominated contaminants in serum. Profiles of PCBs were CB 153>CB 138>CB 187>CB 180 and CB 153>CB 138>CB 149>CB 187>CB 180 for harbour seals and porpoises respectively. For PBDEs, BDE 47 was the predominant congener followed by BDE 100 and 99 in both species. In harbour seals, concentrations of sum PCBs (median: 39,200 pg/ml) were more than 200 times higher than levels of sum PBDEs (median: 130 pg/ml) and almost 10 times higher than concentrations of sum HO-PCBs (4350 pg/ml). In harbour porpoises, concentrations of sum PCBs (median: 24,300 pg/ml) were about 20 times higher than concentrations of PBDEs (median: 1300 pg/ml). HO-PCBs were detected in only 4 harbour porpoises and this at very low concentrations. Naturally-produced MeO-PBDEs were only found in harbour porpoises at concentrations ranging from 120 to 810 pg/ml. HO-PBDEs were not found in any species. In general, harbour seals accumulate less compounds and have mostly lower concentrations than harbour porpoises possibly as a result of a better developed metabolism. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Belgian Marine Mammal Biobank: a tool to stimulate tissue exchange
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; De Cauwer, Karien; De Winter, Johan et al

in Annual report (2009)

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See detailDecalcifying odontocete ears following a routine protocol with RDO (R)
Morell, M.; Degollada, E.; Alonso, J. M. et al

in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology (2009), 376(2), 55-58

The study of the organ of Corti is essential to assess the impact of underwater noise on cetaceans. While classical histology techniques (including EDTA decalcification) have been previously considered ... [more ▼]

The study of the organ of Corti is essential to assess the impact of underwater noise on cetaceans. While classical histology techniques (including EDTA decalcification) have been previously considered, the process is time consuming. Independently from the histological technique, one of the challenging steps after extraction and fixation of the samples is to decalcify the bone envelope to access the cochlea without damaging the soft tissues. Here, we propose to use a fast commercial decalcifier (RDO (R)). 93 ears from 11 different odontocetes species stranded in the Mediterranean, Spanish North Atlantic and North Sea were used to precisely determine the decalcification time. Depending on the tympanic-periotic volume of the species, the decalcification time ranged from several hours to a few days, allowing a subsequently faster observation of the cochlear structures through routine microscope techniques. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCauses of death of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) stranded on the coasts of Belgium and Northern France
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Stekke, V.; Coignoul, Freddy ULg

in Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca. Veterinary Medicine (2009), 66(2), 392

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See detailHarbour porpoise thyroids: Histological investigations and potential interactions with environmental factors
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Siebert, Ursula; Jepson, Paul et al

in Journal of Wildlife Diseases (2008), 44

The thyroid plays an important role in development and is of primary importance in metabolism and heat loss for cetaceans, including the harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). Several studies have ... [more ▼]

The thyroid plays an important role in development and is of primary importance in metabolism and heat loss for cetaceans, including the harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). Several studies have demonstrated that environmental contaminants can alter various aspects of thyroid function in mammals and may contribute to various histologic changes. The present study completes the data set of a 2006 study by Das et al., by performing histological and immunohistologic investigations on thyroids of 36 harbor porpoises from Belgian and United Kingdom waters. The number and mean diameter of follicles (µm) and the relative proportion of follicular, connective, and vascular tissue (%) were quantified in the thyroid gland of each individual. Interfollicular fibrosis has been observed in these thyroid glands, and the collective findings support the hypothesis of an endocrine disruption of thyroid function through organochlorinated compounds. Our study aimed also to reveal potential relationships between thyroid morphometric data and metal levels (Cd, Fe, Zn, Cu, Se, and Hg) using multivariate statistical analysis. The multiple regressions revealed statistically significant relationships between trace elements (cadmium, selenium, and copper) and thyroid fibrosis. The largely negative relationships are interesting findings but do not support the hypothesis that these elements have an adverse effect on thyroid morphometry. Further research is needed to understand the nature of any relationship between organochlorine and trace element exposure and thyroid gland morphology and function in harbor porpoises. [less ▲]

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See detailBluetongue in European lynx (Lynx lynx)
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; De Clercq, Kris E.; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

in Emerging Infectious Diseases (2008)

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See detailDioxin-like compounds in porpoises and seals from the southern North Sea: relationship with biological and ecological factors
Das, Krishna ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2008), 70

The North Sea represents a major ecosystem for the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina). The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) occurs more occasionally in the southern ... [more ▼]

The North Sea represents a major ecosystem for the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina). The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) occurs more occasionally in the southern part of the North Sea. Their population over this last decade has experienced major fluctuations likely linked to prey availability and seal epizootics. Despite being banned more than 30 years ago, levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in marine mammals are still of concern due to historical contamination of the North Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailBioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in female common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) and harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from western European seas: geographical trends, causal factors and effects on reproduction and mortality
Pierce, G. J.; Santos, M. B.; Murphy, S. et al

in Environmental Pollution (2008), 153(2), 401-415

female common dolphins and harbour porpoises from the Atlantic coast of Europe were frequently above the threshold at which effects on reproduction could be expected, in 40% and 47% of cases respectively ... [more ▼]

female common dolphins and harbour porpoises from the Atlantic coast of Europe were frequently above the threshold at which effects on reproduction could be expected, in 40% and 47% of cases respectively. This rose to 74% for porpoises from the southern North Sea. PCB concentrations were also high in southern North Sea fish. The average pregnancy rate recorded in porpoises (42%) in the study area was lower than in the western Atlantic but that in common dolphins (25%) was similar to that of the western Atlantic population. Porpoises that died from disease or parasitic infection had higher concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) than animals dying from other causes. Few of the common dolphins sampled had died from disease or parasitic infection. POP profiles in common dolphin blubber were related to individual feeding history while those in porpoises were more strongly related to condition. High PCB levels were recorded in porpoises and common dolphins from European coasts. [less ▲]

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See detailHarbour porpoises stranded on the Dutch coast in 2007: Impact of by cath and related lesions
Grondin, Alexia; Camphuysen, K.; Ghisbain, T. et al

Poster (2008)

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See detailCauses of death of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) stranded on the Dutch coast
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Bergerie, H.; Camphuysen, K. et al

in proceeding of the annual conference (2008)

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See detailRehabilitation of oiled marine mammals: an assessment
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg

in Meeting report (2008)

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See detailRise of oceanographic barriers in continuous populations of a cetacean: the genetic structure of harbour porpoises in Old World waters
Fontaine, Michaël C. ULg; Baird, Stuart J. E.; Piry, Sylvain et al

in BMC Biology (2007), 5

BACKGROUND: Understanding the role of seascape in shaping genetic and demographic population structure is highly challenging for marine pelagic species such as cetaceans for which there is generally ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Understanding the role of seascape in shaping genetic and demographic population structure is highly challenging for marine pelagic species such as cetaceans for which there is generally little evidence of what could effectively restrict their dispersal. In the present work, we applied a combination of recent individual-based landscape genetic approaches to investigate the population genetic structure of a highly mobile extensive range cetacean, the harbour porpoise in the eastern North Atlantic, with regards to oceanographic characteristics that could constrain its dispersal. RESULTS: Analyses of 10 microsatellite loci for 752 individuals revealed that most of the sampled range in the eastern North Atlantic behaves as a 'continuous' population that widely extends over thousands of kilometres with significant isolation by distance (IBD). However, strong barriers to gene flow were detected in the south-eastern part of the range. These barriers coincided with profound changes in environmental characteristics and isolated, on a relatively small scale, porpoises from Iberian waters and on a larger scale porpoises from the Black Sea. CONCLUSION: The presence of these barriers to gene flow that coincide with profound changes in oceanographic features, together with the spatial variation in IBD strength, provide for the first time strong evidence that physical processes have a major impact on the demographic and genetic structure of a cetacean. This genetic pattern further suggests habitat-related fragmentation of the porpoise range that is likely to intensify with predicted surface ocean warming. [less ▲]

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See detailVIABILITY OF THE NORTHEAST ATLANTIC HARBOUR PORPOISE AND SEAL POPULATION (GENETIC AND ECOLOGICAL STUDY)
Das, Krishna ULg; Drouguet, Olivier; Fontaine, Michaël ULg et al

Report (2007)

Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) and harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) are far more abundant along our coast compared to the beginning of the nineties. Human impact on these species is however hard to ... [more ▼]

Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) and harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) are far more abundant along our coast compared to the beginning of the nineties. Human impact on these species is however hard to establish, mainly due to lack of information on marine mammal population ecology, density, distribution and diversity. This project aims to gain further knowledge on the viability of the harbour porpoise and harbour seal populations in the North Sea (focusing mainly on its southern Bight) through - The characterisation of their genetic structure and diversity (through mtDNA and microsatellites in harbour porpoises) - A better understanding of their feeding ecology (through δ13C and δ15N measurements in muscles) - The assessment of their susceptibility of being trapped accidentally in fishing nets (post-mortem investigations) Harbour porpoise and harbour seal occupied the top trophic levels but displayed different feeding habits as inferred from their δ13C and δ15N mean values. Harbour porpoises displayed lower mean δ15N values suggesting a lower trophic position likely oriented towards small planktivorous fish such as herring and lesser sandeel. However, both their recent high abundance and their dietary preferences might lead to a higher susceptibility to by-catch as revealed by the significant emergence of net entrapment and net marks revealed by post-mortem investigations. The question rises about the sustainability of these incidental captures. Furthermore, genetic investigations revealed a higher fragmentation of the porpoises collected along the coast of France, Belgium and Netherlands. This apparent fragmentation is of particular importance from a conservation point of view and enhances the fact to protect in priority these last populations. Our study showed importance of multidisciplinary approaches (post-mortem investigations, stable isotope measurements (δ13C and δ15N measurements) and genetic investigations using mtDNA and microsatellites) to apprehend the question of marine mammal survival in our waters. [less ▲]

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See detailFatty acids and stable isotopes in fish and harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from the North Sea: further insights in their trophic relationships
Drouguet, Olivier; Caut, Stéphane; Haelters, Jan et al

Poster (2007)

Recent observations revealed an increased abundance of the harbour porpoise in the southern part of the North Sea. Concomitant to sightings of living individuals, the number of stranded porpoises ... [more ▼]

Recent observations revealed an increased abundance of the harbour porpoise in the southern part of the North Sea. Concomitant to sightings of living individuals, the number of stranded porpoises displaying lesions linked to fishing nets has also increased this last decade. The increased abundance of porpoises together with the increase in numbers of bycaught animals raised the question of possible competition between porpoises and fishermen in the North Sea. Therefore, a detailed view on harbour porpoise trophic ecology in this region is crucial for their conservation. Stomachs of the washed ashore porpoises were often empty and provided limited information on their recent diet. Another way of looking into the diet of marine mammals is the analysis of blubber. Stable isotopes ratio (d13C and d15N, SI) and fatty acid composition (20 fatty acids, FA) were analyzed in muscle and blubber of 10 freshly stranded harbour porpoises and in 60 potential prey fish from 10 species collected in the North Sea. The SI ratio and FA composition of these fish enabled a clear classification in different trophic levels and different trophic niches. The FA composition was very similar between harbour porpoise blubber and demersal fish, underlining a preferential predation on that resource for the porpoises investigated. A bias might exist for the porpoises: most of the animals were juveniles, and washed ashore during spring. Porpoises might display other feeding habits in other life stages, other periods of the year. These preliminary results however indicate the enhanced accuracy of crossing these biomarker approaches. [less ▲]

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