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An estimation of carrying capacity for sea otters along the California coast

Marine Mammal Science

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Abstract

Eggs of wild birds collected for the purpose of measuring concentrations of pesticides or other pollutants vary from nearly fresh to nearly dry so that objective comparisons cannot be made on the basis of weight of the contents at the time of collection. Residue concentrations in the nearly dry eggs can be greatly exaggerated by this artifact. Valid interpretation of residue data depends upon compensation for these losses. A method is presented for making adjustments on the basis of volume of the egg, and formulas are derived for estimating the volume of eggs of eagles, ospreys, and pelicans from egg measurements. The possibility of adjustments on the basis of percentage of moisture, solids, or fat in fresh eggs is discussed also.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
An estimation of carrying capacity for sea otters along the California coast
Series title:
Marine Mammal Science
Volume
17
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Western Ecological Research Center
Description:
p. 294-309
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Marine Mammal Science
First page:
294
Last page:
309
Number of Pages:
16