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English Channel dolphins carry ‘toxic cocktail’ of chemicals

Source: phys.org

Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel harbour a “toxic cocktail” of chemicals, some of which have been banned for decades and which may be harming the rare marine mammals’ health, scientists said Thursday.

Belgian and French scientists said they’ve detected high accumulations of industrial fluids and mercury in the blubber and skin of dolphins in the Normanno-Breton Gulf, off the northwest coast of France.

Writing in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers said they measured levels of pollutants similar to those found in dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea, around Florida’s Everglades, off the coast of the Guianas and in Guanabara Bay in Brazil. MORE

Header image: A bottlenose dolphin. Credit: Florent Nicolas – GECC.

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