Accession Number : AD0778021

Title :   Perception and Effects on Locomotor Activity in American Eels and Atlantic Salmon of Extremely Low Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : MAINE UNIV ORONO DEPT OF ZOOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : McCleave,James D. ; Albert,Enoch H. ; Richardson,Nancy E.

Report Date : 31 JAN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : Possible effects of the proposed Sanguine communication system on American eels (Anguilla rostrata) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) were investigated in three ways. Conditioned cardiac deceleration techniques demonstrated that both species are marginally sensitive to Sanguine level ELF (60 - 75 Hz) electric fields (0.007 - 0.70 V/m) but not to magnetic field (0.5 gauss). Locomotor activity levels or diel patterns of the fishes were not affected by alternating 24 hr periods of exposure and nonexposure to the ELF electric or magnetic fields. Activity rhythms were not entrained (synchronized) by one-hr exposures every 23 hr to ELF electric or magnetic fields. It is concluded that while at least these two species can probably perceive Sanguine electromagnetic radiation, their normal behavior is unlikely to be affected by such fields. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Fishes, *Motor reactions, *Electromagnetic radiation, *Radiation effects, Behavior, Aquatic animals, Biophysics, Extremely low frequency, Communication and radio systems

Subject Categories : Radiobiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE