This study analyzed the carapace distribution of Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Mg, Mn, Pb, Sb, U, V and Zn by GF-AAS and ICP-AES in one specimen of Caretta caretta from Mediterranean Sea. Calcium, Mg, Mn, Pb, U, Zn were mainly distributed in the central area while Cd, Cr, Cu, Sb, V in lateral areas. Cadmium, Cr, Mg, Mn, Sb, U and V were different between lateral areas.
The different distribution may be related to several exposures during lifetime and/or the shell ossification during growth. Carapace may be a suitable matrix for metal biomonitoring, however, further studies are required to confirm these findings.
Mattei, D., Veschetti, E., D’Ilio, S., & Blasi, M. F. (2015). Mapping elements distribution in carapace of Caretta caretta: A strategy for biomonitoring contamination in sea turtles?. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 98(1-2), 341-348.