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Are natural toxins in fish harmful?

Marine life has been naturally producing toxic chemicals well before chemical companies were manufacturing PCBs. But are these naturally-produced compounds as harmful as man-made environmental pollutants, and do those pose a human health threat?

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A disentanglement team attempts to free a right whale from fishing gear. The animal was found dead two weeks later from injuries caused by the entanglement. (Image courtesy of EcoHealth Alliance, NOAA Permit #932-1905).
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Dante Cusolito stands next to his completed radio-controlled model of R/V <em>Atlantis</em>, rendered at 1/34 the size of its real-life counterpart. (Photo courtesy of Dante Cusolito)
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Ocean Life Institute and Ocean Exploration Institute committee members touring HOV Alvin on R/V Atlantis at the WHOI dock during the 2015 Spring Trustee and Corporation annual meeting.
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WHOI manages the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), an integrated infrastructure program composed of science-driven platforms and sensor systems that measure physical, chemical, geological and biological properties and processes from the seafloor to the air-sea interface, for the entire ocean science community. (Photo by Ken Kostel ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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A lone emperor penguin meanders on the sea ice in Antarctica in 2012. (Photo by Peter Kimball, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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