HIGH LEVELS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS FOUND IN BODIES

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 April, 1999, 12:00am
 

Toxic chemicals including DDT are being washed into the Pearl River Delta and poisoning dolphins.


The $4.6 million study found high levels of 'environmental contaminants' in dolphins' bodies.


'What effects these are having on the animals' longevity and reproduction are unknown,' the report concluded. 'But a high incidence of neonate [newborn] strandings may be related to organochlorine poisoning.' Dr Jefferson said the chemicals were probably harmful to the dolphins.


He said the source of the chemicals was not known - but they could come from paint used on ship's hulls.


'And there's possible illegal use of DDT in China . . . we must co-operate with authorities there,' he said.


The report recommended a 'major effort' to clean up local waters.


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