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On the stranding of 4 sperm whales on the Belgian coast, November 18, 1994
Bouquegneau, J.-M.; Coignoul, F.; Joiris, Cl. (1995). On the stranding of 4 sperm whales on the Belgian coast, November 18, 1994. Preliminary report of Laboratory for Ecotoxicology and Polar Biology (V.U.B.), Oceanology Department (ULg), Pathology Department (ULg). VUB/ULg: Brussels & Liège. 33 pp.

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Keywords
    Stranding
    Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
    ANE, Belgium, Koksijde [Marine Regions]
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    Sperm whales - stranding - pathology - ecotoxicology

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  • Bouquegneau, J.-M., more
  • Coignoul, F., more
  • Joiris, Cl., more

Abstract
    Male sperm whales found dead on the coast of Belgium in November 1994 had suffered a weight deficit and displayed debilitating lesions. High levels of Cd, Hg, PCB's and DDE contamination affected all four animals. A combination of these factors could explain the stranding.

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