Subject: Dolphin death probe prompts pollution fears (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 08:57:30 -0400 (EDT)

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     Dolphin death probe prompts pollution fears

     July 21, 1997

     ADELAIDE, Australia (CNN) -- An investigation into the death of a
     dolphin here has sparked fears of increasing pollution in waters where
      the sea creatures continue to swim.

     "Jock," a well-known resident of Adelaide's Port River, died suddenly
     four years ago. A study conducted by university student Simone
     Burzacott has convinced scientists that toxic chemicals were largely
     responsible for the death of the 12-year-old dolphin.

     The levels of heavy metal contamination in Jock's body were nine times
     higher than any ever found before in dolphins in Australia. The
     discovery could have far-reaching implications nationwide.

     "(Jock's) death is really just symptomatic of probably what's in the
     whole ecosystem," says Dr. Michael Bossley of Adelaide University.

     The source of the contamination was not immediately clear,
     prompting those responsible for the study to call for further tests.

     While some recreational fisherman continue to cast their lines into
     the Port River, others say the investigation into the dolphin's death
     has confirmed their fears.

     Citing concerns about water pollution, they say they stopped
     fishing in the river years ago.