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Study: Polar Bear Genitals are Shrinking
Yahoo News ^ | 8/23/06 | Charles Q. Choi

Posted on 08/24/2006 8:20:22 AM PDT by llevrok

The icecap may not be the only thing shrinking in the Arctic. The genitals of polar bears in east Greenland are apparently dwindling in size due to industrial pollutants.

Scientists report this shrinkage could, in the worst case scenario, endanger polar bears there and elsewhere by spoiling their love lives and causing their numbers to peter out.

In fact, all marine mammals could get affected by these pollutants, "especially the Arctic fox, killer whale and pilot whales," wildlife veterinarian and toxicologist Christian Sonne at the National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark in Roskilde told LiveScience. These animals bodies also carry extremely high levels of these contaminants.

Polar bears from northernmost Norway, western Russia and east Greenland are among the most polluted animals in the Arctic, as they feast on ringed seals and bearded seals. The blubber of these seals accumulates high levels of organic pollutants loaded with halogens such as chlorine. These organohalogens can act like hormones.

Sonne and his colleagues looked at formaldehyde-preserved genitals from 55 male and 44 female east Greenland polar bears, collected from 1999 to 2002 by about 30 polar bear subsistence hunters regulated by the Greenland government.

Harrowing expedition

The researchers experienced harrowing times on their expeditions with dog sleds into the wilds of Greenland to study polar bears.

"One evening a bear came just next to us in the night when we were doing the toilette," Sonne recalled. "They shot and it ran." Another time, "we almost had to eat the dogs as we ran out of food and seals. It was cold sleeping in -50 degrees C [-58 Fahrenheit] in five weeks with no heater."

The adult polar bear testicles the researchers examined were on average roughly three inches across and 1.8 ounces in weight, although they could dramatically enlarge during the height of sexual activity from January to July. Their bacula, or penis bones, were on average nearly seven inches long.

The scientists found the higher the level of organohalogens in polar bear, the smaller testicle and baculum size and weight likely were. Ovary size and weight decreased as organohalogen levels rose as well.

Slow to mate

Polar bears have among the lowest reproductive rates for terrestrial mammals. The scientists say reducing polar bear penis size would make sex less successful, upsetting naturally slow-to-grow polar bear numbers. Testicle and ovary shrinkage would upset polar bear reproduction too.

Future research should examine the effects of low levels of organohalogen contamination, Sonne said. "How long do we have to go down in exposure levels to obtain no-effect levels? Is it possible at all?" he explained.

Sonne and his colleagues reported their findings online Aug. 16 via the journal Environmental Science & Technology.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: globalwarming; shrinkage
Who says Global Warming causes shrinkage?
1 posted on 08/24/2006 8:20:23 AM PDT by llevrok
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To: llevrok

I JUST GOT OUT OF THE POOL!!! Tell 'em about the shrinkage, Jerry!


2 posted on 08/24/2006 8:20:56 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: llevrok

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1689212/posts


3 posted on 08/24/2006 8:21:33 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: martin_fierro; pissant

This may be of interest, guys


4 posted on 08/24/2006 8:21:35 AM PDT by llevrok (When you take my gin from my cold, dead hand....)
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To: llevrok
Did somebody mention shrinkage?


5 posted on 08/24/2006 8:22:51 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: llevrok
Study: Scientists mauled trying to measure polar bear genitals
6 posted on 08/24/2006 8:24:07 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather be carrying a shotgun with Dick, than riding shotgun with a Kennedyl! *-0(:~{>)
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To: llevrok
How come you are all scratched up?
It's my new job.

What do you do?

I measure polar bear genitals.

7 posted on 08/24/2006 8:25:59 AM PDT by N. Theknow ((Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.))
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To: llevrok

Wrong species, wrong genitilia.


8 posted on 08/24/2006 8:26:49 AM PDT by pissant
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To: llevrok

I think the original study was done by "Need L. Dick"


9 posted on 08/24/2006 8:27:34 AM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: ecoEnquirer

Ping. Thought this was one of yours at first, but it is from Yahoo!
"The genitals of polar bears in east Greenland are apparently dwindling in size due to industrial pollutants."


10 posted on 08/24/2006 8:30:27 AM PDT by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: llevrok

Now THERE'S a career for John Kerry, one in which he'll be able to make a greater 'contribution' to society than his current Sentorial scam.


11 posted on 08/24/2006 8:31:04 AM PDT by wvobiwan (BOYCOTT NYT, LAT, AP, Reuters, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, BBC, WaPo, Haaretz, and ALL leftist rags!!!)
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To: llevrok

Stay out of Greenland,Bob!

12 posted on 08/24/2006 8:32:06 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: llevrok

draw straws to see who gets to measure


13 posted on 08/24/2006 8:32:45 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: llevrok

Maybe it's the cold water.


14 posted on 08/24/2006 8:36:16 AM PDT by steve8714 (It's a Murray Head weekend!)
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To: llevrok

Freezing temps will do that.


15 posted on 08/24/2006 8:38:15 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: llevrok
So would female polar bears start seeking out male black bears? Or are those stores just urban legend?

This could get Grizzly!

16 posted on 08/24/2006 8:52:18 AM PDT by pikachu (Be alert --we need more lerts!)
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To: llevrok

So are mine.


17 posted on 08/24/2006 10:54:02 AM PDT by buck61
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To: llevrok

Wouldn't yours?!


18 posted on 08/24/2006 10:57:09 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: pissant; martin_fierro; Fred Nerks; ValerieUSA

They were tipped off (so to speak) when a bunch of fetish-seeking polar bears turned up on a kinky singles website.


19 posted on 08/27/2006 8:42:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wouldn't know about that, we don't have polar bears or kinky singles in Oz...what's a fetish?


20 posted on 08/27/2006 9:32:05 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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To: llevrok

So, Polar Bears are ACLU members who oppose the war against terrorism.....


21 posted on 08/27/2006 9:33:41 PM PDT by Loud Mime (An undefeated enemy is still an enemy.......war has a purpose.)
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To: llevrok

I'll see yer shrinking polar bear genitalia, and raise ya (if you'll pardon the expression):

Scientists: Bison in Illinois earlier (aren't you relieved?)
South Carolina homepage (thestate.com) | Tue, Aug. 30, 2005 | Associated Press
Posted on 09/03/2005 10:17:31 AM EDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1476377/posts


22 posted on 08/27/2006 9:41:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Fred Nerks

Common decency prevents me from rebutting that claim here in the public pages of FreeRepublic. ;')


23 posted on 08/27/2006 9:46:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

You mean this sort of goings on at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras?

It's a filthy rumour the Greens started. Anyone can see they are nothing more than friendly Vikings!

24 posted on 08/27/2006 9:58:40 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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To: SunkenCiv

so let me see....we can't blame the dead, white european male on this one.....hmmmm. who might have moved the buffs west? Satin?!!


25 posted on 08/27/2006 10:06:05 PM PDT by llevrok (When you take my gin from my cold, dead hand....)
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To: llevrok

You're from Moldova and you drink gin?


26 posted on 08/27/2006 10:09:59 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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To: llevrok

Formerly part of Romania, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Dniester River supporting the Slavic majority population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a "Transnistria" republic. The poorest nation in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist as its president in 2001.

https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/md.html

I saw a documentary about the Transnistria republic recently, it was described as a dictatorship by a very furtive and embarrassed local resident. Apparently the area covered by the doco was the site of huge arms dumps - arms that were being traded ilegally and finding their way to terrorists.

What is your viewpoint/understanding of this subject, may I ask?


27 posted on 08/27/2006 10:21:00 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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To: Fred Nerks
You're from Moldova and you drink gin?

I'm ambidextrous. What can I say.

28 posted on 08/28/2006 9:59:58 AM PDT by llevrok (When you take my gin from my cold, dead hand....)
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