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1 January 1996 SERUM CHEMISTRY OF BOWHEAD WHALES (BALAENA MYSTICETUS)
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Sera of 19 male and female bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) collected near Barrow, Alaska (USA) between 30 August and 13 October 1992 were evaluated for 18 serum chemistry values. Male bowhead whales had significantly greater creatinine and sodium concentrations, and significantly lower glucose concentrations than females. Pregnant females had greater triglyceride levels than non-pregnant females. The mean concentrations of creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, alkaline phosphatase, total bilirubin, total protein, sodium, potassium, chloride, phosphorus, and calcium were similar to those previously reported from bowhead whales. High aspartate aminotransferase and creatine kinase levels were attributed to muscle damage associated with harpooning.

Heidel, Philo, Albert, Andreasen, and Stang: SERUM CHEMISTRY OF BOWHEAD WHALES (BALAENA MYSTICETUS)
Jerry R. Heidel, L. Michael Philo, Thomas F. Albert, Claire B. Andreasen, and Bernadette V. Stang "SERUM CHEMISTRY OF BOWHEAD WHALES (BALAENA MYSTICETUS)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 32(1), (1 January 1996). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-32.1.75
Received: 2 September 1994; Published: 1 January 1996
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