Aquatic Mammals (1982)


Since the first publications of data on the blood composition in the harbour porpoise (ANDERSEN, 1966 and 1968) the autoanalyzing technique has been commonly introduced and the international system for nomenclature in clinical chemistry (DYBKAER and JORGENSEN, 1967) has been accepted by most European countries.

Meanwhile a considerable new pool of data has been collected during our studies resulting in a local set of reference values for the blood of the harbour porpoise. Though the list is under current revision we find that our results should be published for comparison to other Odontocete species and for the benefit of other harbour porpoises now seen more frequently in captivity.