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Residues of petroleum hydrocarbons in tissues of sea turtles exposed to the IXTOC I oil spill

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

Sea turtles found dead when the Ixtoc I oil spill reached Texas waters were necropsied and tissues were analyzed for residues of petroleum hydrocarbons. Two of the three turtles were in poor flesh, but had no apparent oil-caused lesions. There was evidence of oil in all tissues examined and indications that the exposure had been chronic. Comparisons with results of studies done on birds indicate consumption of 50,000 ppm or more of oil in the diet. Some possible mechanisms of mortality are suggested.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Residues of petroleum hydrocarbons in tissues of sea turtles exposed to the IXTOC I oil spill
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
19
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1983
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
106-109
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
First page:
106
Last page:
109