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Sharks, dolphins store pollutants

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4:02pm, November 28, 2006

From Montreal, at a meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Flame-retardant chemicals have become ubiquitous in the environment. A new study finds that in Florida's top saltwater predators, such as sharks, concentrations of these contaminants and other persistent industrial chemicals are high and increasing rapidly.

Researchers at the State University of New York at Albany and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Melbourne teamed up to measure flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and the electric-insulation compounds known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The scientists tested coastal-Florida fish and marine mammals.

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