Dolphins in Channel carry 'toxic cocktail' of chemicals

High levels of mercury and banned industrial fluids, found in blubber and skin, can impact reproduction

Bottlenose dolphins in the Channel have been found to carry a “toxic cocktail” of chemicals in their bodies, some of which have been banned for decades and which may be harming the marine mammals’ health, scientists have said.

Belgian and French scientists said they detected high accumulations of industrial fluids and mercury in the blubber and skin of dolphins in the waters off the north-west coast of France.

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Deals: Mophie Launches New Convertible Wireless Charging Stand, Save 20% With Exclusive Discount Code
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U.S. envoy tells U.N. Security Council indications Iran behind Saudi oil attacks
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LastPass patched a bug that could have exposed your passwords
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Philips Norelco 4500 shaver is $25 off on Amazon
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Joe Walsh says Republican Party is a 'cult' and will go straight to the voters after canceled primaries
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Supreme court hearing on suspension of parliament – key issues
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Woman who had dramatic dream of swallowing her engagement ring actually did it
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Factbox: The U.S. opioid epidemic in the courts
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Crock-Pot Trio slow cooker set is on sale for less than $23 at Walmart
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Cameron: Johnson said leave campaign would lose minutes before backing it
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AfD politician threatens journalist after Hitler comparison
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Nordea says Danish agency demands repayment of $133 million in tax case
Danish tax agency has demanded Nordea repay 900 million Danish crowns ($133 million) in relation to a dividend tax refund case.
New Linux malware mines crypto after installing backdoor with secret master password
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Huge, mysterious 'bubbles' discovered at the heart of the Milky Way
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10 car accessories to help you survive your next road trip
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New York Post
Protest held outside trial of Moroccan journalist accused of illegal abortion
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Epstein sex slave tried to swim shark-infested waters to escape
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New York Post
3D Ken Burns effect from a single photo
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Hasan Minhaj talks student loan debt at Tribeca TV Festival
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