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Study: Polar Bear Genitals are Shrinking (Bush's Fault)
Live Science ^ | Aug 23, 2006 | Charles Q. Choi

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.

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: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bushsfault; bushsweinershrinker; climatechange; coldwaterduh; enzyte; globalwarmingtheory; headlinehalloffame; iwasinthepool; shrinkage; significantshrinkage; sizematters; weinerjokebonanza
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1 posted on 08/24/2006 6:57:52 AM PDT by presidio9
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OK..... who exactly is taking these measurements and how?


2 posted on 08/24/2006 6:58:50 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: presidio9

Maybe it's just the cold.


3 posted on 08/24/2006 6:59:00 AM PDT by Egon (We are number one! All others are number two... or lower.)
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To: presidio9

Well that is some mighty cold water the bears swim in.


4 posted on 08/24/2006 6:59:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: presidio9

Like a frightened turtle, Jerry!


5 posted on 08/24/2006 6:59:20 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ( “I'm the Emperor, and I want dumplings!” (German: Ich bin der Kaiser und will Knödel.))
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To: presidio9

That's just...nutty! ;-)


6 posted on 08/24/2006 6:59:27 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX)
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To: presidio9

I know its early, but that could be the Headline of the day.


7 posted on 08/24/2006 6:59:32 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (My Pug is On Her War Footing (and moving to Texas!))
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To: presidio9

CHECK EM FOR STEROIDS!!! Them bears is doping!!


8 posted on 08/24/2006 6:59:56 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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9 posted on 08/24/2006 7:00:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Rummyfan
OK..... who exactly is taking these measurements and how?

Computer modeling? Polar bear porn?

10 posted on 08/24/2006 7:00:11 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Egon
Maybe it's just the cold.

But that's the point. Anybody who has ever watched Seinfeld should know that Global Warming ought to counteract shrinkage.

11 posted on 08/24/2006 7:00:14 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: presidio9

They do swim in really cold water, y'know...


12 posted on 08/24/2006 7:00:25 AM PDT by Fintan (Ask me about Mary Kay Cosmetics.)
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To: presidio9

"Do women know about "shrinkage?"

13 posted on 08/24/2006 7:00:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: dfwgator

Only took 9 posts. Good job, DFW.


14 posted on 08/24/2006 7:00:53 AM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: dfwgator

Beat me by 35 seconds!


15 posted on 08/24/2006 7:01:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: Rummyfan

Maybe they're just shy.


16 posted on 08/24/2006 7:01:26 AM PDT by thoughtomator (There is no "Islamofascism" - there is only Islam)
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To: presidio9
Study: Polar Bear Genitals are Shrinking

PLOAR BEARS = DEMOCRATS

17 posted on 08/24/2006 7:01:38 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: presidio9
The adult polar bear testicles the researchers examined were on average roughly three inches across

Pretty calm bears, I'd say.

Must have gotten them drunk first.

18 posted on 08/24/2006 7:01:48 AM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: pillut48

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.


19 posted on 08/24/2006 7:01:49 AM PDT by shankbear
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To: presidio9

Are they leaning more to the left?


20 posted on 08/24/2006 7:01:53 AM PDT by TommyDale (It's time to dismiss the Duke fake rape case, Mr. Nifong!)
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To: presidio9
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.

Who were the lucky ones to get this job?

21 posted on 08/24/2006 7:01:58 AM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: cripplecreek
Shrinkage!!!!
22 posted on 08/24/2006 7:02:13 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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My friend George wants to know: Did they take the measurements before or after the bears came out of the water?


23 posted on 08/24/2006 7:02:17 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: presidio9
"I was in the POOL! There was shrinkage!!!!


24 posted on 08/24/2006 7:02:19 AM PDT by Minnesocold ("The public demand to protect our borders will triumph sooner or later." - Tony Blankley)
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To: Rummyfan

Polar bears must not be excited by liberals with rulers...


25 posted on 08/24/2006 7:02:31 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: presidio9

Are these French polar bears?


26 posted on 08/24/2006 7:03:17 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Get off my lawn!)
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To: presidio9


Mine too.
27 posted on 08/24/2006 7:03:24 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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To: presidio9

Millions of dollars to measure polar bear nuts.

one word

SHRINKAGE!


28 posted on 08/24/2006 7:03:41 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Puppage
Study: Polar Bear Genitals are Shrinking

POLAR BEARS = DEMOCRATS

Yep, because if they were Republican Senators they would have no balls at all.

29 posted on 08/24/2006 7:03:42 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: presidio9

Polar bear genitalia is shrinking? Don't worry, nobody looks at those.


30 posted on 08/24/2006 7:04:26 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: presidio9

I thought size didn't matter. Darn it, i KNEW that was a lie!!!!!

;D


31 posted on 08/24/2006 7:04:46 AM PDT by Shimmer128 (I see dumb people. They're everywhere. They don't even know they're dumb.)
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To: finnman69

Too much Coca Cola.


32 posted on 08/24/2006 7:05:22 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: presidio9

Kinda "flys in the face" of global warming.


33 posted on 08/24/2006 7:05:43 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: presidio9

34 posted on 08/24/2006 7:07:57 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: presidio9

Some people have too much time on their hands.


35 posted on 08/24/2006 7:08:15 AM PDT by DOGEY
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spoiling their love lives and causing their numbers to peter out.

Then they just need to get a new Peterbilt (groan).

36 posted on 08/24/2006 7:09:51 AM PDT by 1066AD
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To: RockinRight

That was my first thought. But I was late to the thread... You're falling down on your pinging duties!


37 posted on 08/24/2006 7:10:07 AM PDT by Tatze (This tagline is brought to you by the Admin Moderator!)
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To: cyborg

LOL ping...


38 posted on 08/24/2006 7:11:28 AM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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To: Puppage

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.


39 posted on 08/24/2006 7:12:02 AM PDT by Tatze (This tagline is brought to you by the Admin Moderator!)
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40 posted on 08/24/2006 7:12:02 AM PDT by Darnright (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
That would cause "shrinkage" !
41 posted on 08/24/2006 7:13:11 AM PDT by southernerwithanattitude ({new and improved redneck})
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To: Darnright

Of course, that pic had to show up too. Good job!


42 posted on 08/24/2006 7:13:29 AM PDT by Tatze (This tagline is brought to you by the Admin Moderator!)
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To: presidio9

"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.


43 posted on 08/24/2006 7:13:44 AM PDT by BadAndy ("Loud mouth internet Rambo")
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To: presidio9

Bear Alert

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
unexpectedly.

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
squirrel fur.

Grizzly bear droppings are large, have bells in them and smell like pepper
spray.


44 posted on 08/24/2006 7:14:08 AM PDT by Republican Red (Everyone is super stoked on Gore, even if they don't know it)
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To: presidio9

Don't know how you guys walk around with those things.


45 posted on 08/24/2006 7:14:11 AM PDT by AnnGora (Currently bidding on Ebay for a used -but -in -good -condition tagline..)
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To: presidio9

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"


46 posted on 08/24/2006 7:14:12 AM PDT by TommyDale (It's time to dismiss the Duke fake rape case, Mr. Nifong!)
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To: presidio9
Upon hearing the news, polor bears went into a deep depression.


47 posted on 08/24/2006 7:14:24 AM PDT by Tatze (This tagline is brought to you by the Admin Moderator!)
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To: Rummyfan

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????


48 posted on 08/24/2006 7:14:33 AM PDT by JFC (Land of the FREE because of our BRAVE)
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To: presidio9

Tragic!


49 posted on 08/24/2006 7:14:47 AM PDT by pepperdog
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim; dead; Clemenza; Darksheare

FYI


50 posted on 08/24/2006 7:14:48 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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