Triclosan Found in Dolphins

We’ve got some disturbing news. Researchers have reported that triclosan was found in the blood of bottlenose dolphins. This goes to show that the consequences of overusing a pesticide like triclosan are incredibly far-reaching and dangerous.

It is well known that marine mammals, forced to swim in polluted waters, become contaminated with persistent organic pollutants. Triclosan, an antibacterial compound commonly used in personal care products including hand soaps and dish detergent, has made its way down drain and into dolphins living in US coastal waters. The study, which appears in this month’s Environmental Pollution, examined dolphins from rivers, an estuary, a harbor and a lagoon in South Carolina and Florida. Blood samples from wild bottlenose dolphins found within an estuary in Charleston, South Carolina and in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida in 2005 were analyzed for triclosan. Triclosan was detected in 31 and 23 percent of the animals from the two sites.

As we wash our hands (or dishes, or clothing, etc.) with soaps containing triclosan, it eventually enters wastewater. While most harmful residue is removed during the treatment process, triclosan persists in waterways and is one of the most commonly found contaminants in river and estuary sediment downstream of treated water outfalls.

Next time you’re shopping, keep in mind the possible effects your choices have on the world. If we continue on the same irresponsible path, who knows what the effects of triclosan in our environment will be 10 or 20 years from now? And take a minute to educate your friends and family about this issue.

For more information about triclosan, read The Trouble with Triclosan.

Food & Water Watch is an organization dedicated to the belief that the public should be able to count on our government to oversee and protect the quality and safety of food and water. For more information, go to www.foodandwaterwatch.org.

By Kathy Dolan, Food & Water Watch

34 comments

Emily J.
Emily J.about a year ago

This is really sad, and it's a product we don't even need, the anti-bacterial soaps are just a marketing ploy and I don't think they have saved anyone from illness. On the contrary they encourage super-bugs to flourish so could make us more ill in the long run.

Robert Goldring
Robert Goldring1 years ago

those poor dolphins, firstly the tuna fishing nets and now triclosan, we need to protect these amazing animals.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers3 years ago

we depend too much on chemicals!! Most of them are harmful.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe3 years ago

How on earth did we all survive our childhood without these products? Come on people do not for one minute believe the BS you have been brainwashed into thinking. Let your own bodys' immune system work for you, that's what it is designed to do, if you allow it to, and use what nature has provided.

Angela N.
Angela N.3 years ago

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Susan W.
Susan W.4 years ago

I knew we overused anti-bacterial soaps which is bad for us but i didn't know triclosan was being found in dolphins until i read this article. I feel bad knowing i have probably contributed to the problem somewhere in waters where i live.

Triclosan needs to be banned.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

We must cut down on the use of these pesticides. All nature is at risk!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Sebastian James

The part of my earlier comment that was cut off ( the danger of cut and paste is there's no word count!) follows:

For those who wish, here is a link to a Care2 page on which there are a couple videos regarding the Ocean Trash nightmare. there are also encouraging links about Action - mostly from Europe, of course.).

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/plastic-from-oceans-used-to-make-vacuum-cleaners.html