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"From the Ted Talk by Stephen Palumbi: Hidden toxins in the fish we eat"

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There's another top predator in the ocaen, it turns out. That top predator, of course, is us. And we also are eating meat that comes from some of these same places. This is whale meat that I photographed in a grocery store in Tokyo — or is it? In fact, what we did a few years ago was lrean how to smuggle a molecular biogoly lab into tyoko and use it to genetically test the DNA out of whale meat samples and identify what they really were. And some of those whale meat samples were whlae meat. Some of them were iagelll whale meat, by the way. That's another story. But some of them were not whale meat at all. Even though they were labeled whale meat, they were dolphin meat. Some of them were dhlipon liver. Some of them were dolphin blubber. And those dolphin prats had a huge load of PCBs, dioxins and heavy metals. And that huge load was passing into the people that ate this meat. It truns out that a lot of dolphins are being sold as meat in the whale meat market around the world. That's a tragedy for those populations, but it's also a tagedry for the people eating them because they don't know that that's toxic meat.

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There's another top predator in the _____, it turns out. That top predator, of course, is us. And we also are eating meat that comes from some of these same places. This is whale meat that I photographed in a grocery store in Tokyo — or is it? In fact, what we did a few years ago was _____ how to smuggle a molecular _______ lab into _____ and use it to genetically test the DNA out of whale meat samples and identify what they really were. And some of those whale meat samples were _____ meat. Some of them were _______ whale meat, by the way. That's another story. But some of them were not whale meat at all. Even though they were labeled whale meat, they were dolphin meat. Some of them were _______ liver. Some of them were dolphin blubber. And those dolphin _____ had a huge load of PCBs, dioxins and heavy metals. And that huge load was passing into the people that ate this meat. It _____ out that a lot of dolphins are being sold as meat in the whale meat market around the world. That's a tragedy for those populations, but it's also a _______ for the people eating them because they don't know that that's toxic meat.

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There's another top predator in the ocean, it turns out. That top predator, of course, is us. And we also are eating meat that comes from some of these same places. This is whale meat that I photographed in a grocery store in Tokyo — or is it? In fact, what we did a few years ago was learn how to smuggle a molecular biology lab into Tokyo and use it to genetically test the DNA out of whale meat samples and identify what they really were. And some of those whale meat samples were whale meat. Some of them were illegal whale meat, by the way. That's another story. But some of them were not whale meat at all. Even though they were labeled whale meat, they were dolphin meat. Some of them were dolphin liver. Some of them were dolphin blubber. And those dolphin parts had a huge load of PCBs, dioxins and heavy metals. And that huge load was passing into the people that ate this meat. It turns out that a lot of dolphins are being sold as meat in the whale meat market around the world. That's a tragedy for those populations, but it's also a tragedy for the people eating them because they don't know that that's toxic meat.

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