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dc.contributor.authorTierney KMen
dc.contributor.authorMuir GKPen
dc.contributor.authorCook GTen
dc.contributor.authorHeymans JJen
dc.contributor.authorMacKinnon Gen
dc.contributor.authorHowe JAen
dc.contributor.authorXu Sen
dc.contributor.authorBrownlow Aen
dc.contributor.authorDavison NJen
dc.contributor.authorten Doeschate Men
dc.contributor.authorDeaville Ren
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-06T10:20:38Z
dc.date.available2017-12-06T10:20:38Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citation124en
dc.identifier.issn0025-326X
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.07.002
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11262/11356
dc.description.abstractTo evaluate the transfer of Sellafield-derived radiocarbon (14C) to top predators in the UK marine environment, 14C activities were examined in stranded marine mammals. All samples of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) obtained from the Irish Sea showed 14C enrichment above background. Mammal samples obtained from the West of Scotland, including harbour porpoise, grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) and harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) showed 14C enrichment but to a lesser extent. This study demonstrates, for the first time, enriched 14C is transferred through the marine food web to apex predators as a consequence of ongoing nuclear reprocessing activities at Sellafield. Total Sellafield 14C discharge activity 24 months prior to stranding and, in particular, distance of animal stranding site from Sellafield are significant variables affecting individual 14C activity. 14C activities of West of Scotland harbour porpoises suggest they did not forage in the Irish Sea prior to stranding, indicating a high foraging fidelity.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.isformatof14736en
dc.relation.ispartofMarine Pollution Bulletinen
dc.rights© 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectMarine mammalsen
dc.subjectRadiocarbon (14C)en
dc.subjectNuclear reprocessingen
dc.subjectSellafielden
dc.titleNuclear reprocessing-related radiocarbon (14C) uptake in UK marine mammalsen
dc.typeArticleen
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dc.extent.pageNumbers43-50en
rioxxterms.publicationdate2017-07-08
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-07-02
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refterms.dateDeposit2017-12-06
refterms.depositExceptionpublishedGoldOAen
refterms.panelUnspecifieden
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