‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in the Blood and Nests of Little Penguins Across Tasmania

Chemicals known to cause health issues in humans have been found in the blood of Tasmania’s little penguins.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of chemicals that resist heat, stains, grease and water, and these chemicals are turning up all over Tassie’s coastline.

Mel Wells, a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania’s School of Natural Sciences and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), took samples from little penguin colonies around lutruwita/Tasmania.

“I had 17 sites here where I looked at soil and I found PFAS in all of them except one,” she told Mel Bush on Tasmania Mornings.

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