Effects of Ocean Pollution

Marine Mammals

  • marine mammals are suffering dramatic rises in devastating illnesses
  • Many scientists around the world believe these illnesses are being caused by contamination of the ocean with man-made toxic chemicals
  • Because marine mammals are at the top of their food chain, the toxins in their food sources accumulates in their bodies
  • The Toxic Top Ten: bottlenose dolphin, orca. Risso’s dolphin, harbor seal, beluga, Mediterranean monk seal, common dolphin, gray seal, polar bear. The 10th is the Steller’s sea eagle.