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Ocean Pollution: Effects of Ocean Toxins on Dolphins, Whales & Human Health


BlueVoice.org has done extensive work researching and exposing ocean pollution, toxins and the impacts on dolphins, whales, other marine mammals and human health. Please read the following stories for more information.

Ocean Toxins & Blood Cancer, Multiple Myeloma  

Link between ocean toxins and human blood cancers

BlueVoice.org has joined Dr. Brian Durie, an internationally recognized specialist in the bone marrow cancer Multiple Myeloma, in conducting research correlating populations of marine mammals burdened by high levels of toxins with human cancer hot spots on adjacent shores. Read Dr. Durie’s paper on genetic susceptibility to pollutants in some human beings.
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Ocean Pollution & Marine Mammals  

The Effects of Ocean Pollution on Marine Mammals

The impact of humans has now reached every square mile of Earth’s oceans and the implications are ominous for ocean creatures and humans alike. Scientists are finding higher and higher levels of man-made chemicals in marine mammals. Whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions are suffering dramatic rises in devastating and even deadly illnesses. [ more ]

The Toxins in our Environment - Persistent Organic Pollutants [ Fact Sheet ] [ Download PDF ]

 
PCBs, Mercury in Breast Milk  

The Arctic - an indicator of a global problem

This Inuit woman faces a wrenching decision – give up breast feeding her son and deprive him of essential antibodies and other benefits of mother’s milk or continue breast feeding him knowing he will ingest PCBs, mercury and other chemical contaminants. The Arctic environment contains high concentrations of contaminants produced thousands of miles away, and we need to understand that what happens to the Arctic and its people can happen to us all. [ More ]
 
Mercury in Fish  

Mercury Contaminated Fish Linked to Fetus Damage

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 1 in 6 pregnant women has enough mercury in her blood to pose health risks to her developing baby. This exposure to mercury in the womb puts over 600,000 babies each year at risk for birth defects or learning disabilities. [ More ]
 
Mercury Poisoning from Fish  

Fish in Your Diet - Not Health Food Anymore

If you eat a lot of fish, you may be risking your health. We have all been told that eating fish is an important part of a balanced diet. But new studies are raising concerns about the unsafe levels of mercury and other contaminants found in fish. Mercury poisoning has been shown to affect people of all ages. [ More ]
 
Killer Whales & PCBs  

San Juan Orcas on the brink

These are some of the most known and beloved marine mammals on earth. Now they may be the most contaminated mammals on earth. Because of the high concentration of PCBs in their tissues, the orcas’ immune systems are depressed, their reproductive systems don’t develop and first born calves often die.
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Toxins & Mercury in Dolphin Meat  

Dolphin Meat Obtained In Japanese Drive Fisheries: Toxic To Humans

The brutal annual slaughter of dolphins at places like Futo and Taiji, Japan is not only an act of extreme cruelty to highly sentient animals, it is deceptive and harmful to the consumer of the meat derived from these kills. Mercury levels in dolphin meat sold in Japan are far higher than would occur in nature and certainly higher than is allowed under the health standards of any developed nation. In some cases the levels of mercury are 1,600 times the allowed quantities in meat for human consumption. [ More ]
 
 

BlueVoice.org supports the heroic work of Dra. Enriqueta Velarde on Rasa Island

Located in the midriff of the Sea of Cortez, Rasa Island is essential to the survival of royal and elegant terns. A single woman has fought for twenty years to protect this tiny island and surrounding waters. [ More ]
 
A coral reef odyssey

A Coral Reef Odyssey

Blue Voice is pleased to feature a series of reports from Julia Whitty as she explores the current health of coral reefs. Julia is a writer and film producer who has specialized in ocean subjects. Ms. Whitty is currently at work on a book on coral reefs to be published by Houghton Mifflin. [ More ]

 

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