The Voice of the Dolphins, a new book by Hardy Jones, ocean conservationist, filmmaker and myeloma patient, reveals intimate details of dolphins in the wild and the emerging threats to their very existence and ours. He presents persuasive evidence that a lethal threat to dolphins—and, it turns out, to humans—is the rising level of contaminants in the ocean food chain. When Jones was diagnosed with myeloma, his blood tests revealed highly elevated levels of chemicals such as DDT, flame retardants and hexachlorobenzine in his blood and tissues—the same chemicals found in ever-greater concentrations throughout dolphin populations around the world. The diagnosis spurred him to seek the sources of the pollutants in his own body and to document their impact on marine life and human beings. Jones has found dolphins with multiple myeloma, and his research reveals extreme levels of contamination in those dolphins tested.
"[While making] a series of radio and television appearances during the June 2006 meeting of the American Society of Hematologists in Atlanta, I would be partnered with Dr. Brian Durie, one of the world's leading specialists in myeloma and chair of the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). IMF provides funding for research and assistance to myeloma patients working their way through the daunting process of being diagnosed and selecting a treatment.
"Dr. Durie asked me about my condition....I told him I still surfed and traveled widely while making films on dolphins and ocean wildlife"
"My, what wonderful work," he said with genuine enthusiasm.
"It is wonderful, but what i'm discovering in the dolphins I've been filmingis heartbreaking. Many of them are loaded with pollutants, and whole populations are in jeopardy of vanishing from the seas. I've been filming orca in the San Juans since the early eighties, and they're so loaded with PCBs that their reproductive capabilities are seriously compromised and their corpses have to be treated as toxic waste. I've just come back from Hong Kong where pink dolphins get the full brunt of pollutants coming into the Pearl River Estuary from China. Their mortality rate is unusually high." I named a few other locations where I'd filmed highly contaminated animals
"Durie was now looking at me in amazement. "Those places all have corresponding hot spots of multiple myeloma."
"A jolt of electricity raced through my body. here was one of the top myeloma experts in the world connecting the chemicals decimating orcas and dolphins with multiple myeloma in human beings."
Hardy is Jones, executive director of BlueVoice.org, has been a pioneer in filming dolphins, killer whales and sperm whales underwater in the wild. BlueVoice has fought to end the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and to expose the harmful levels of toxins in the marine environment, including mercury, PCBs, and persistent organic pollutants, and their impact on both marine mammals and humans.
Hardy's book is available at