Thursday, December 07, 2006

He/She Sleeps With the Fishes

There's something rotten in the state of the Spanish waters:

MADRID — Scientists have found toxins are turning fish and animals into transsexuals.

Male carp have been discovered with ovaries, while some sheelfish have been discovered to have tiny penises.

The Spanish daily El Pais reported on Thursday exposure to toxic chemicals is blamed for these sex changes.

A compound called tributyltin, widely used on ships since the 1950s to prevent the growth of organisms such as barnacles on the hulls, was discovered to produce sex changesin some species.

The substance was banned in 2003, but its effects areexpected to last for several decades.

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