Investigating potential associations between chronic exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and infectious disease mortality in harbour porpoises from England and Wales

Jepson, Paul D.; Bennett, Peter M.; Allchin, Colin R.; Law, Robin J.; Kuiken, Thijs; Baker, John R.; Rogan, Emer; Kirkwood, James K.
Science of the Total Environment (1999)

Bioaccumulation of immunosuppressive organochlorines like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) may pose a threat to the health and viability of cetacean populations. To investigate possible associations between chronic exposure to PCBs and…


A review of virus infections of cetaceans and the potential impact of morbilliviruses, poxviruses and papillomaviruses on host population dynamics

Van Bressem, M. F.; Van Waerebeek, K.; Raga, J. A.
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (1999)

Viruses belonging to 9 families have been detected in cetaceans. We critically review the clinical features, pathology and epidemiology of the diseases they cause. Cetacean morbillivirus (family Paramyxoviridae) induces a…


Hong Kong’s Cetaceans: The biology, socioecology and behaviour of Sousa chinensis and Neophocaena phocaenoides

Parsons, E. C. M.
Doctoral Thesis - University of Hong Kong (1997)

From an intensive review of historical records and the examination of stranded cetaceans it was determined that 16 cetacean species have been reported from Hong Kong, including resident populations of…


An investigation into the causes of an unusual porpoise (Phocoena phocoena and Phocoenoides dalli) mortality event in southern British Columbia

Baird, R. W.; Guenther, T. J.; Lewis, R. J.; McAdie, M. L.; Cornish, T. E.
Report No. IIHS3-050 (1994)

Cetacean strandings have typically been classified into two types: 1) single strandings (including a mother/offspring pair); and 2) mass strandings. Singly stranded cetaceans have been reported world-wide wherever populations of…


PCBs, cause of death and body condition in harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from British waters

Kuiken, Thijs; Bennett, Peter M.; Allchin, Colin R.; Kirkwood, James K.; Baker, John R.; Lockyer, Christina H.; Walton, Michael J.; Sheldrick, Martin C.
Aquatic Toxicology (1994)

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) suppress immunity, and may have exacerbated the effects of recent morbillivirus epizootics in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba). To test the hypothesis that…


Observations on the baiji (Lipotes vexillifer) and the finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis) in the Changjiang (Yangtze) River between Nanjing and Taiyangzhou, with remarks on some physiological adaptations of the baiji to its environment

Zhou, K.; Pilleri, G.; Li, Y.
Investigations on Cetacea (1979)

Two species of dolphin inhabit the Changjiang (Yangtze): Lipotes vexillifer MILLER, 1918 (known as Baiji in Chinese) and the Finless porpoise, Neophocaena asiaeorientalis PILLERI and GIHR, 1972. Although quite a…