Successful whaling crew. Photo credit: NSB-DWM

Successful whaling crew. Photo credit: NSB-DWM

Bowhead Harvest Sampling

The NSB-DWM collects samples from subsistence-harvested bowhead whales whenever possible. The poster below shows many of the tissues that are collected and why they are collected for our health assessment monitoring program.

bowhead sampling poster

George, J.C., et al. 2017. 2016 Health Report for the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort Seas Bowhead Whales – Preliminary Findings. Submitted as paper SC/67a/AWMP/10 to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, May 2017.

Incidental Findings

Borchman, D., R. Stimmelmayr, C. George. 2017. Whales, lifespan, phospholipids and cataracts. Journal of Lipid Research 58:2289-2298.

Stimmelmayr, R., et al. 2015. Bile collection technique in subsistence harvested bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus): Proof of concept study. Poster presented at the 12th International Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, May 2015.

Stimmelmayr, R., et al. 2016. Calcium oxalate urolithiasis in a bowhead whale: A case report. Poster presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska, January 2016.

Stimmelmayr, R., et al. 2017. Hepatic lipomas and myelolipomas in subsistence harvested bowhead whales Balaena mysticetus, Alaska (USA): A case review 1980-2016. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 127:71-74.

Stimmelmayr, R., et al. 2019. Subcutaneous encapsulated fat necrosis and loose cavitary fat bodies in bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) from Alaska. Poster presented at the 2019 Biannual Marine Mammal Conference, Barcelona, Spain, December 2019.

Stimmelmayr, R. 2020. Incidental findings of lens yellowing and cataracts in beach cast gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus), Alaska. Poster presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska, January 2020.

Stimmelmayr, R. et al. 2020. Blunt trauma involving the "stink-sac" (post-anal sac) in a beach cast gray whale (E. robustus), Alaska. Poster presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska, January 2020.

More studies:

Trumble, S.J., et al. 2015. Bowhead whale earplug reveals lifetime chemical profiles. Poster presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska, January 2015.

Go to this webpage on our website for more information regarding bowhead whale studies.