Long-Term Exposure of Several Marine Benthic Animals to Static Magnetic Fields

Journal Article

Title: Long-Term Exposure of Several Marine Benthic Animals to Static Magnetic Fields
Publication Date:
September 16, 2004
Journal: Bioelectromagnetics
Volume: 25
Issue: 7
Pages: 498-502
Publisher: Wiley
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Zettler, M.; Bochert, R. (2004). Long-Term Exposure of Several Marine Benthic Animals to Static Magnetic Fields. Bioelectromagnetics, 25(7), 498-502.
Abstract: 

Electrical currents in underwater sea cables could induce magnetic fields. The sea cables lie on or within the sea bottom and this is the living area for many invertebrate and vertebrate species. North Sea prawn Crangon crangon (Crustacea, Decapoda), round crab Rhithropanopeus harrisii (Crustacea, Brachyura), glacial relict isopod Saduria entomon (Crustacea, Isopoda), blue mussel Mytilus edulis (Bivalvia), and young flounder Plathichthys flesus (Pisces) were exposed to a static magnetic field (MF) of 3.7 mT for several weeks. The results showed no differences in survival between experimental and control animals. Mussels M. edulis were kept under static magnetic field conditions for 3 months during their reproductive period in spring. The determination of gonad index and condition index revealed no significant differences to the control group.

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