Scientists study levels of toxic mercury in Antarctic mammals

Wilhelmina Bay (AFP) – Marine biologists collect skin samples from humpback whales and leopard seals in Antarctica to detect the presence of mercury in their bodies. The toxic heavy metal is believed to reach the ocean through rivers or rain. According to the UN environmental agency UNEP, if an animal consumes mercury, it may suffer “reproductive failure, behavioural changes and may even (die).”


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