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Title: Potential adverse health effects of persistent organic pollutants on sea turtles: Evidences from a cross-sectional study on Cape Verde loggerhead sea turtles
Authors: Camacho, María 
Luzardo, Octavio P. 
Boada, Luis D. 
López Jurado, Luis F. 
Medina Suárez, María E.
Zumbado, Manuel 
Orós, Jorge 
UNESCO Clasification: 24 Ciencias de la vida
2401 Biología animal (zoología)
240116 Herpetología
240123 Vertebrados
240119 Zoología marina
Keywords: Polycyclic Aromatic-Hydrocarbons
Organochlorine Pesticide Levels
Eastern Atlantic Juvenile
Caretta-Caretta
Polychlorinated-Biphenyls, et al
Issue Date: 2013
Journal: Science of the Total Environment 
Abstract: The Cape Verde nesting population of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) is the third largest population of this species in the world. For conservation purposes, it is essential to determine how these reptiles respond to different types of anthropogenic contaminants. We evaluated the presence of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the plasma of adult nesting loggerheads from Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde, and studied the effects of the contaminants on the health status of the turtles using hematological and biochemical parameters. All turtles had detectable levels of non-dioxin like PCBs, whereas dioxin-like congeners (DL-PCBs) were detected in only 30% of the turtles.</p>
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/17927
ISSN: 0048-9697
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.04.043
Source: Science of the Total Environment[ISSN 0048-9697],v. 458-460, p. 283-289
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