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Global Whale Study Shows Startling Toxin Levels…Are People Next?

Global Whale Study Shows Startling Toxin Levels…Are People Next?

Human-caused pollution, including deadly toxins and heavy metals, are reaching into the farthest corners of the ocean and into the systems of the largest creatures on earth. A report released this week reveals high levels of cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium in the tissues of whales from around the globe gathered over five years. Roger Payne, the American scientist who headed the research with the Ocean Alliance, has been studying whales for decades.

“The biggest surprise was chromium,” Payne said. “That’s an absolute shocker. Nobody was even looking for it.” Metals like chromium, a known carcinogen used in steel, paints, dyes and leather tanning, was present in over 99% of the 1,000 tissue samples taken from cetaceans around the world.

Even if you didn’t care about whales, the fact remains that they are at the top of the food chain, a reflection of what all of the other creatures are consuming, in even the most remote waters. The fish that some whales eat are also consumed by people—one billion of whom count fish as their primary protein source–and the consequences cannot be avoided. “The entire ocean life is just loaded with a series of contaminants, most of which have been released by human beings,” Payne was quoted as saying while attending the recent  annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission. “These contaminants, I think, are threatening the human food supply. They certainly are threatening the whales and the other animals that live in the ocean.”

This is not the first study that has noted the accumulation of contaminants and toxins in whales.  An article in The Scientist in 1999 about the accumulation of cadmium in bowhead whales quoted biologist Thomas Goodwin of the NASA Johnson Space Center: “We’re beginning to see a pattern that’s really scary. This is a wake-up call. We’ve got to stop and think about what it is we’re doing to our planet. These whales are at the top of their food chain, and they’re picking up these contaminants from what they’re eating–krill, shrimp, plankton, and all those things, some of which we eat.”

A wakeup call in 1999. We’ve just had another from this study–not to mention the Gulf oil spill, whose effects will be working their way through the food chain for decades.  How many wakeup calls will it take?

Take Action: Besides polluting the ocean habitat of whales and other creatures, humans persist in hunting them. Sign the Care2 petition to Close the Whaling Loophole

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8:01AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

So much Disinformation - So little time.
WAKE UP - Metals are being sprayed over your head every day!

Aluminum, Barium, Strontium, Titanium are components of GeoEngineering.

What else could account for these levels of metals in animals? NOTHING ELSE!
Don't believe me, research it for yourself - www.GeoEngineeringWatch.org

5:49AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

We've got to pay attention to this signal

11:18AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thanks for posting!

12:40PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

its about time...when did you think it was okai to toxify, kill and pollute everything ..land sea and sky and believe nothing will happen to you Mankind?!!

7:43PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Wonder if this info has reached the Whale "research" butchers of Japans government who sell the whale meat to their childrens schools

2:21AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Thanks.

2:38AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Dont forget to sign the www.thepetitionsite.com/1/consumerstoxin-free-bill-of-rights/

5:28AM PDT on Aug 8, 2010

Unfortunately those that control the economy of the world, also have sway over the common man. The bottom line will always take preference and only lip service will be paid to our Planet and its many woes.

10:18AM PDT on Jul 12, 2010

it is sad to see what is happening to our once beautiful world, all this is telling us is that JESUS is about to come GET READY AND IT WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE. BE BLESSED.

12:34PM PDT on Jul 10, 2010

This is horrible, of course. While BP is destroying the fish in the Gulf, the dispersants are destroying the crops and cities are killing off endangered species in favor of tennis courts, now we have Whales full of cancer causing chemicals. Sometimes it is just overwhelming. The only thing good I see in this horror is maybe the Japanese will stop killing and eating Whales when they start dieing of Chromium poisoning. I know that's not funny. I just couldn't help it. Evil is as evil does.

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