I am writing to you to make you aware of an extremely positive outcome resulting from your journal's 1999 story on researching heavy metal contamination in arctic whales, by A.J.S. Rayl.1 The content of the story led to inquiries from other scientists around the country interested in global oceanic toxicology. John Wise of Yale University and others contacted me, and as a result, a network of researchers is beginning to form to address, in a global manner, the seriousness of our situation.

Funding for marine toxicology has been, and at this point remains, severely limited due to a lack of understanding regarding how oceanic toxicology affects the human condition. Only when the realization that humans consume the same lower level food animals as the great marine mammals will there be a change in our perspective regarding how these systems may serve as bioreporters for our overall human health. It...

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