Sperm Whales Show Signs of Toxic Contamination

Live Science - 'This is the first time this kind of pollution study has been done on a whole ocean level using a threatened species as a sentinel species,' said Celine Godard-Codding, the lead researcher and an environmental toxicologist at Texas Tech University.

The skin and blubber of sperm whales from across the Pacific Ocean carry evidence of exposure to a class of toxic pollutants, with whales living around the Galapagos Islands showing the strongest signs of exposure, according to a new study.

"This is the first time this kind of pollution study has been done on a whole ocean level using a threatened species as a sentinel species," said Celine Godard-Codding, the lead researcher and an environmental toxicologist at Texas Tech University.

 

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