Female snails growing penises on their heads!

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  1. Industrialsize

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    Female snails living off Perth coast growing penises on head


    FEMALE marine snails living off the Perth coast are growing male sex organs on their heads after exposure to the chemical TBT, according to local researchers. Curtin University researchers have revealed the snails are suffering from imposex, a condition that involves the development of a second sex organ after being exposed to the chemical.


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    This is alarming... according to something else that I read Tributyltin is the most toxic chemical ever intentionally released into sea water. They fear there could also be very hazardous side effects on humans ingesting any fish or marine life contaminated with it.
     
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    I'm not saying the concern about chemical dumping in the oceans isn't a valid one, but aren't snails hermaphroditic anyway?
     
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    Tsk Tsk.....you didn't click the link.:eek: The article explains that common Garden snails are hermaphroditic, but SEA snails are distinct genders and procreate in the normal fashion.
     
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    Not all snails are.
     
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    I have a head on my penis.
     
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    I did click the link but I was eating at the same time as reading it, and I didn't notice that bit :tongue::biggrin1::biggrin1::biggrin1:
     
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    I hate it when that happens.
     
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    There's something else to worry about? There are a lot more environmental toxins that affect the development of boys than girls, I've learned, or at least those toxins appear to affect boys more profoundly than girls! I've been avoiding cosmetics and fragrances because of phthalates that can interfere with testicular development and can cause testicular tumors in boys before the age of 12, I've been avoiding BPA in plastics and avoiding canned foods because of the suspected effects of it on boys, and now there's this? I gotta look it up.

    Growing a healthy baby boy nowadays is so difficult, I'm telling you!
     
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