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‘Jaw-dropping’ levels of heavy metals found in whales (health)

by AC @, Friday, June 25, 2010, 05:11 @ AC

‘Jaw-dropping’ levels of heavy metals found in whales
Contamination threatens human food supply

A report yesterday cited high levels of cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury, and titanium in the mammals, according to samples taken over five years.

Analysis of cells from the sperm whales showed that pollution is reaching the farthest corners of the oceans, says biologist Roger Payne, founder and president of Ocean Alliance, which conducted the research. The whales travel up to 87,000 miles.

“The entire ocean life is just loaded with a series of contaminants, most of which have been released by human beings,’’ Payne said in an interview at the International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting.


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