Sea fog increases the total mercury level in the terrestrial ecosystem (on the example of the tiger Panthera tigris altaica Temminck, 1844)


  • Poddubnaya, N.Ya. 1
  • Salkina, G.P. 2
  • Oleynikov, А.Yu. 3
  • Belyaev, А.N. 4
  • Petrov, T.A. 5
  • Syritsa, M.V. 5
  • Storozhuk, V.B. 5
  • 1 Cherepovets State University, Lunacharsky Str., 5, Cherepovets, 162600, Russia
    2 FSBI United Directorate Lazovsky State Nature Reserve and the National Park “Call of the Tiger”, Tsentralnaya Str., 56, S. Lazo, Lazovsky district, Primorsky Krai, 692980, Russia
    3 Russia Institute of Water and Ecological Problems, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Dikopoltsev Str., 56, Khabarovsk, 680000, Russia
    4 CTD LLC, Stroitely Ave., 28A, Cherepovets, Vologda Region, 162611, Russia
    5 Joint Directorate of the State Natural Biosphere Reserve “Kedrovaya Pad” and the National Park “Land of the Leopard”, pr. 100-letiya Vladivostoka 127, Vladivostok, 690068, Russia



aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, total mercury, Panthera tigris altaica, P. pardus orientalis, Ursus thibetanus


This study discusses one of the aspects of the mercury problem, which is the relationship between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. We indicate that the mercury concentration in the Amur tiger fur (Panthera tigris altaica) is higher in the coastal area than in the inland area because the coastal areas are exposed to the impact of marine atmospheric fog, a potential source of monomethylmercury. The total mercury concentration from the Khasansky District varied from 0.16 to 0.45 mg/kg, on average 0.22 ± 0.04 mg/kg, in tiger fur, from 0.07 to 1.01 mg/kg, on average 0.64 ± 0.05 mg/kg, in leopard fur (P. pardus orientalis) and from 0.055 to 1.233 mg/kg, on average 0.336 ± 0.056 mg/kg, in Himalayan bear fur (Ursus thibetanus). The total mercury concentration in the fur of the last predators from the inland areas is unknown. Further research is needed.