07 Oct '11, 3am

Japan planning to kill hundreds of whales in the southern ocean for 'scientific research'

Japan planning to kill hundreds of whales in the southern ocean for 'scientific research'

Belugas, like something out of a Bond Film, beautiful and toxic . Beluga whales are certainly beautiful, but their good looks weren’t enough to keep them from being listed as “near threatened” on the IUCN Red List by beluga specialists . They are “near threatened” for many reasons, including over hunting and pollution, which brings us to why they are toxic. At the top of their food chain, beluga blubber and internal organs carry high amounts of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), like PCB and DDT. This causes horrible problems for belugas, possibly interfering with reproduction. Some of the most polluted belugas are from Canada’s St. Lawrence River, where some whale populations are so toxic that they are treated as toxic waste. On the upside, when you’re that toxic, you’re not being hunted for meat, so maybe the over hunting problem will get better. NRDC continues its wo...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/zsmith/this_week_in_wha...

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