(Table 2) Polybrominated diphenyl ether concentration in blubber samples from whales, seals and porpoises between 1986-2009


A selection of MeO-BDE and BDE congeners were analyzed in pooled blubber samples of pilot whale (Globicephala melas), ringed seal (Phoca hispida), minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), hooded seal (Cystophora cristata), and Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus), covering a time period of more than 20 years (1986-2009). The analytes were extracted and cleaned-up using open column extraction and multi-layer silica gel column chromatography. The analysis was performed using both low resolution and high resolution GC-MS. MeO-PBDE concentrations relative to total PBDE concentrations varied greatly between sampling periods and species. The highest MeO-PBDE levels were found in the toothed whale species pilot whale and white-sided dolphin, often exceeding the concentration of the most abundant PBDE, BDE-47. The lowest MeO-PBDE levels were found in fin whales and ringed seals. The main MeO-BDE congeners were 6-MeO-BDE47 and 2'-MeO-BDE68. A weak correlation only between BDE47 and its methoxylated analog 6-MeO-BDE47 was found and is indicative of a natural source for MeO-PBDEs.

Sum PBDE = BDE 28, 47, 66, 100, 99, 85, 154, 153, 138, 183, 6-MeO-BDE47, 2'-MeO-BDE68. Concentrations are given per g lipid weight. Data extracted in the frame of a joint ICSTI/PANGAEA IPY effort, see http://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.150150

Supplement to: Rotander, Anna; van Bavel, Bert; Rigét, Frank F; Auðunsson, Guðjón Atli; Polder, Anuschka; Gabrielsen, Geir W; Víkingsson, Gísli; Mikkelsen, Bjarni; Dam, Maria (2012): Methoxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers (MeO-PBDEs) are major contributors to the persistent organobromine load in sub-Arctic and Arctic marine mammals, 1986-2009. Science of the Total Environment, 416, 482-489

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.819395
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.12.010
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Creator Rotander, Anna; van Bavel, Bert; Rigét, Frank F; Auðunsson, Guðjón Atli; Polder, Anuschka; Gabrielsen, Geir W; Víkingsson, Gísli (ORCID: 0000-0002-4501-193X); Mikkelsen, Bjarni; Dam, Maria
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2012
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Resource Type Supplementary Dataset; Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 291 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-54.400W, 60.000S, 23.000E, 71.000N); Greenland; Faroe Islands; Norway; Iceland