Serum chemistry of free-ranging white whales (Delphinapterus leucas) in Svalbard

Abnormal physiological conditions and diseases can change the concentrations of enzymes, metabolites, and minerals in the body

Morten Tryland

2008

Scholarcy highlights

  • Abnormal physiological conditions and diseases can change the concentrations of enzymes, metabolites, and minerals in the body
  • Blood samples were collected from 21 free-ranging white whales
  • Activities of ALP and LDH and cortisol concentration were higher, and protein and bilirubin concentrations were lower compared with those previously reported for white whales from Canada; remaining results were strikingly similar in these 2 white whale populations
  • These data provide valuable serum chemistry reference intervals for future health assessments of white whales in Svalbard and other white whale populations, as well as captive individuals

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