Tumors in sea turtles might be due to pollution

A growing number of green sea turtles are being spotted on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with fibropapillomatosis caused by a turtle-specific herpes virus. Turtles with the tumors — which are benign but can interfere with vision and render animals more vulnerable to infection — have also been found in Florida and Hawaii, and scientists suspect polluted water is to blame. Karina Jones of James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, is among those attempting to identify specific pollutants that cause the tumors.

New Scientist (free content) (7/5)

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