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Turtles on Great Barrier Reef absorb thousands of chemicals from agriculture and industry

from Tech Times

In 2012, over 100 green turtles in Upstart Bay, Australia died of unknown causes. Scientists, who are investigating the phenomenon, took blood samples from 1,131 animals in the area. Findings revealed possible chemical exposure. Researchers from the University of Queensland also studied turtles from Cleveland Bay and the Howick Group of Islands. They believe that a cocktail of chemical substances is slowly poisoning these creatures. The turtles from Upstart Bay showed high levels of compounds associated with chemical exposure. The blood tests also showed traces of molybdenum, antimony and cobalt. more

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