Whales and contaminants

Contaminants are chemicals known or suspected to enter the environment as a result of human activity.

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Many contaminants are harmful to the health of whales. Contaminants are released by:

They can then end up in the ocean and in the food whales eat. Some household products that contain harmful contaminants are:

You can help protect whales from contaminants by:

Support conservation efforts and policies that protect whales and the environment.

For further information, please read how Canada is reducing the threat of contaminants to Southern Resident Killer Whales, or contact us at baleines-contaminants-whales@ec.gc.ca.

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