Subject: Pollution Effects Whales

Cara M. Gubbins (
Wed, 22 Apr 1998 18:10:58 -0700 (PDT)

Several types of pollution affect whales. I'll outline them below. 

 Most whales are unable to detect the presence of oil spills on the
surface of the water and will surface to breath right through oil. They
make no effort to go around or past the oil. so, scientists believe that
they are unable to detect it.

Whales and dolphins are also subject to eating toxins in their food.
Toxins in the water due to human pollution from cities, dumps, boats,
etc., accumulate in marine organisms. These get passed on the whales and
dolphins, too.

You can help the whales by working to limit pollution in coastal areas and
at sea.


On Sun, 19 Apr 1998, KTMarine wrote:

> Ms.Gubbins,
>       I am very fasinated with whales. I have to do a term paper on any
> subject 
> of my choice.  Since I like whales so much, I decieded to do my paper on how
> pollution effects whales and what people are doing to help reduce pollution.
> I read an article on Buloga whales that really disturbed me.  Not only did I
> find a source for my term paper, I found something that I was interested in. I
> was wondering if you had any suggestions on ways that I could help prevent
> pollution harming whales. I have wanted to be a Marine Biologists since third
> grade and that was six years ago, and I got more even more interested about
> whales when I got to see a bottlenose dolphin in the wild. They just fastinate
> me. I look foward to hearing from you!!!
>                                           Katy