"If only a handful of whales can't reproduce because of broken DNA, the whole population will be doomed" says researcher


USM Whale Researchers Find Little Oil in Gulf of Mexico, Maine Public Radio, November 23, 2010:

[University of Southern Maine Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health director John] Wise says he's worried that dispersant is being consumed by krill, squid and other marine life that whales eat.

"If only a handful of whales can't reproduce because of broken DNA, the whole population will be doomed because it's so small--not doomed tomorrow, but doomed over a period of decades," Wise says.

"The population estimates suggest if you lose three to five adult sperm whales, you lose that population. It takes them a long time to reproduce, they don't have a lot of young."

Leave a Reply

 

 

 

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>