Table 5 Toxicity Equivalent Quantity (WHO-TEQ-05) of Dioxins (PCDD, PCDF, DL-PCB*), and SUM ICES-6 of non dioxin-like PCBs (NDL-PCB**) in whole weight of blubber and spermaceti of sampled Sperm whales.

From: Multidisciplinary studies on a sick-leader syndrome-associated mass stranding of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) along the Adriatic coast of Italy

Parameter SW1-Blubber SW2-Blubber SW3-Blubber SW3-Spermaceti
Dioxins + dioxin-like PCBs TEQ (pg/g ww) 118,78 ± 15,51 88,92 ± 12,45 185,09 ± 24,42 340,57 ± 44,93
Dioxins TEQ (pg/g ww) 26,35 ± 4,40 19,59 ± 3,27 38,68 ± 6,46 71,21 ± 11,89
Dioxin-like PCBs TEQ (pg/g ww) 92,43 ± 14,87 69,33 ± 11,15 146,41 ± 23,55 269,36 ± 43,33
Non dioxin-like PCB indicators (ICES-6, ng/g ww) 807,8 ± 110,2 911,0 ± 131,0 1067,9 ± 138,2 2404,9 ± 314,3
  1. *PCDD: 2,3,7,8-TCDD; 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD; 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDD; 1,2,3,6,7,8-HxCDD; 1,2,3,7,8,9-HxCDD; 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDD; OCDD). PCDF: 2,3,7,8-TCDF; 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDF; 2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF; 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDF; 1,2,3,6,7,8-HxCDF; 1,2,3,7,8,9-HxCDF; 2,3,4,6,7,8-HxCDF; 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDF; 1,2,3,4,7,8,9-HpCDF; OCDF). Dioxin-like PCB: PCB-77; PCB-81; PCB-126; PCB-169; PCB-105; PCB-114; PCB-118; PCB-123; PCB-156; PCB-157; PCB-167; PCB-189.
  2. **Non dioxin-like PCBs (ICES-6): PCB-28; PCB-52; PCB-101; PCB-138; PCB-153; PCB-180.