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June 26, 2014 7:04 AM

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SEATTLE - Southern resident killer whales are among the world's most contaminated marine mammals, with pollutants particularly high in the youngest whales, according to information released Wednesday by U.S. scientists who have studied them for the past decade.

Biologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration summarized a compilation of research findings that reveal the mysterious lives of a small population of endangered killer whales that frequent the Puget Sound off the northwestern U.S. coast.

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