Newborn Turtles Carry The Pollution History Of Their Mothers
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Peter Vermeiren is a JSPS International Postdoctoral Fellow at Kochi University · Faculty of Agriculture and Marine Science.

 

                       

Newborn Turtles Carry The Pollution History Of Their Mothers

Scientists detected a large number of chemical pollutants in freshly-laid eggs of hawksbill turtles along the Yucatán coast of Mexico. Due to their widespread use and capacity for long-range transport, a wide variety of chemicals are now ubiquitous in the marine environment worldwide. Chronic accumulation of chemical pollutants has been detected in all sea turtles across the world, with demonstrated links to health problems such as immune, endocrine, and reproductive disruption. Minimizing the exposure of sea turtles to chemical pollutants...

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