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Mercury contamination found in stranded Victorian dolphins
Date:6/10/2008

Bay and researchers are concerned that dredging activities may increase the dolphins' exposure.

"Sediment contains mercury, which is likely to have originated from historical gold mining sites where mercury was used in gold processing, as well as from other industrial sources. Over time, the mercury has been washed down through waterways, including the Yarra River, and come to rest on the bottom of the Bay," Dr Thompson said.

Dr Thompson said it was critical that further studies were done throughout the bay dredging process to ensure any further decline in dolphin health could be identified and managed.


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Contact: Samantha Blair
samantha.blair@adm.monash.edu.au
61-399-034-840
Monash University
Source:Eurekalert

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