‘There have been mutated fish,’ Fort Chip aboriginal official says

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Residents of Fort Chipewyan, Alta., remain convinced that pollution from the oilsands is harming their environment, an aboriginal official says, even after a biologist found that what appeared to be a mutated fish was not deformed.

Residents in the remote northern Alberta community said the goldeye had two mouths when it was caught from the shore of Lake Athabasca in August, raising fears it may have been contaminated by oilsands development upstream.

But University of Alberta biologist Joe Nelson, who examined the fish, said its tongue — which has teeth on it — fell through the soft tissue under its chin, forming what looked like a second mouth.



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