British warned of danger of swimming with dolphins

Holidaymakers have been warned not to swim with dolphins off the coast of Cornwall because of fears they are carrying a potentially harmful bacteria.

Scientists have warned that the population of bottlenose dolphins living around the South West coastline could die out because of the spread of the bacteria, which they believe is linked to chemical pollution.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network (MSN) said there could be a link between higher than usual instances of Brucella ceti found in dead animals washed ashore and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), toxic chemicals added to paints, cement and other industrial fluids until it was banned 10 years ago.

Full story: Mirror

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