Researchers find oil does not damage or clog whale baleen, but plastic does | 5/1/2019 | Staff
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A trio of researchers with Hampden-Sydney College has found that exposure to oil does not damage or clog whale baleen. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Alexander Werth, Shemar Blakeney and Adrian Cothren describe their study of baleen exposure to several types of oils and what they found.

Creatures living in the ocean are frequently exposed to material in the water that is not natural to their environment—human activities result in oil, heavy metals, plastics and other materials entering the oceans, which can create problems for sea life. For some time, marine scientists have wondered about the impact of oil on baleen whales—prior studies have shown that ingesting too much can lead to a host of health problems, and external exposure can cause skin irritation and infections, but what about the baleen? That was what the researchers with this new effort sought to learn.

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