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Dolphins inhabiting the Brazilian coast are shown to be contaminated by a compound used in insecticides, says a scientific study published in the journal, Environment International. The component called pyrethroid - used, for example, in outlets to kill mosquitoes or products to prevent insects attacking crops - was found in species accidentally trapped in fishing nets on the shores of Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo.

According to researcher Mariana Alonso at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and who led the study, the finding is troubling because the Dolphins are at the top of the marine food chain. That means, she said, that other smaller species like fish, shrimp and algae may also be contaminated by the component.

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