Killer whale (Orcinus orca) skin and blubber biopsies, Milne Inlet, Nunavut, 2013 (NGMP ID EC05)

Killer whales are located by boat, usually after sightings reports are received from local hunters who tell us where to look for them. During all killer whale encounters, skin and blubber samples for chemical and genetic analyses are collected using a crossbow to fire a biopsy dart fitted with a tubular sterile stainless steel tip. Whales are targeted at the saddle patch region below the trailing edge of the dorsal fin. Skin and blubber samples are frozen at -20°C. Analyses include stable isotopes of nitrogen and carbon in skin, fatty acid and chemical pollutant profiles of blubber, and genetics profiling of skin.

Metadata Access
Creator Roth, Jim; Ferguson, Steve; Matthews, Cory
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2017
Rights Research programs, CCIN, or ArcticNet take no liability for the use or transmission of this data
OpenAccess true
Contact jim.roth(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (-90.000W, 70.000S, -75.000E, 75.000N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2013-08-11T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2013-08-12T00:00:00Z