Minimata Disease

Fishes concentrate mercury in their bodies, often in the form of methyl mercury, a highly toxic organic compound of mercury. The mercury is absorbed, usually as methylmercury, by algae at the start of the food chain.  It gets magnified to about 0.01 ppm in the herring, tuna etc. The same fishes when consumed by the human get more concentration of mercury. In Sharks, the mercury gets accumulated t…

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