Skip to comments.Study: Polar Bear Genitals are Shrinking (Bush's Fault)
Posted on 08/24/2006 6:57:50 AM PDT by presidio9
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.
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.
OK..... who exactly is taking these measurements and how?
Maybe it's just the cold.
Well that is some mighty cold water the bears swim in.
Like a frightened turtle, Jerry!
That's just...nutty! ;-)
I know its early, but that could be the Headline of the day.
CHECK EM FOR STEROIDS!!! Them bears is doping!!
Computer modeling? Polar bear porn?
But that's the point. Anybody who has ever watched Seinfeld should know that Global Warming ought to counteract shrinkage.
They do swim in really cold water, y'know...
"Do women know about "shrinkage?"
Only took 9 posts. Good job, DFW.
Beat me by 35 seconds!
Maybe they're just shy.
PLOAR BEARS = DEMOCRATS
Pretty calm bears, I'd say.
Must have gotten them drunk first.
Are the polar bears having a difficult time "bringing it"? Getting it up? There is probably a pill they can take but..... they have no opposable thumbs. Bearproof bottles.
Who were the lucky ones to get this job?
My friend George wants to know: Did they take the measurements before or after the bears came out of the water?
Polar bears must not be excited by liberals with rulers...
Are these French polar bears?
Millions of dollars to measure polar bear nuts.
POLAR BEARS = DEMOCRATS
Yep, because if they were Republican Senators they would have no balls at all.
Polar bear genitalia is shrinking? Don't worry, nobody looks at those.
I thought size didn't matter. Darn it, i KNEW that was a lie!!!!!
Too much Coca Cola.
Kinda "flys in the face" of global warming.
Some people have too much time on their hands.
Then they just need to get a new Peterbilt (groan).
That was my first thought. But I was late to the thread... You're falling down on your pinging duties!
Well, you did see that there is a 41% reproduction gap between Democrats and Republicans. Republicans are producing 41% more children that Democrats. Democrats have the abortion and gay issues working against them.
If we can't yet vote them out, we'll breed them out.
Of course, that pic had to show up too. Good job!
"The scientists say reducing polar bear penis size would make sex less successful, upsetting naturally slow-to-grow polar bear numbers."
Not to mention upsetting the female polar bears.
The Alaska State Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising
hikers, hunters, fishermen, and golfers to take extra precautions
and be on the alert for bears while in the area.
They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little
bells on their clothing to alert but not startle the bears
They also advise you to carry pepper spray in case of an
encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch for signs
of bear activity.
People should be able to recognize the difference between black
bear and grizzly bear droppings.
Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly
Grizzly bear droppings are large, have bells in them and smell like pepper
Don't know how you guys walk around with those things.
A priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of the University of Minnesota, Duluth. They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and talk shop.
One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear. One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it.
Seven days later, they're all together to discuss the experience. Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages, goes first."Well," he says, "I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water,sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to give him First Communion and Confirmation."
Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and both leg in casts, and an IV drip. In his best fire and brimstone oratory he claimed, " WELL brothers, you KNOW that we don't sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God's HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quick DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the time praising Jesus."
They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IV's and monitors running in and out of him. He was in bad shape. The rabbi looks up and says, "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start things out with my bear"
The genitals of polar bears in east Greenland are apparently dwindling in size!
What is algore, kerry, sharpton, franken, biden, reid, and all other male libs Excuse????