Flame retardants transferred at high levels to baby whales

“Baby beluga in the deep blue sea” is born with high levels of flame retardants A new study from University of Victoria found that arctic beluga whales transferred about 11% of their polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) blubber burden to their near-term fetuses. The implications of this exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds during a critical developmental stage in the unborn whales are unclear. Full reference: Desforges, J.-P. W., Ross, P. S., & Loseto, L. L. (2012). Transplacental transfer…

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