Global Assessment of Arsenic Pollution Using Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) as an Emerging Aquatic Model Organism

Mediterranean Sea climate and environmental change

Arsenic is an oceanic pollutant of global concern due to its toxicity, ability to bioaccumulate and continued input into the environment by anthropogenic activities. The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is an emerging aquatic model for both human disease and ocean health having global distribution and high trophic level. The aim of this study was to establish global and regional baselines of total arsenic concentrations using free-ranging sperm whales. Skin biopsies (n = 342) were collected during the voyage of the Odyssey (2000–2005) from 17 regions consideri

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