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Posted: 9/12/2010 6:03:49 PM EDT
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/special-features/freo-snails-grow-pensies-on-head/story-e6frg19l-1225917615063

Female snails living off Perth coast growing penises on head

  • From: AAP
  • September 10, 2010 5:29PM

CONTAMINATION: Snails living near Fremantle Port are growing male sex organs on their heads after exposure to chemicals. | Picture credit: Monique Gagnon Source: PerthNow

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.

sCurtin 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.

Unlike garden snails, which are hermaphrodites, this species of marine snail has distinct sexes.

Curtin's Environment and Agriculture associate professor Monique Gagnon said studies on the marine snail thais orbita over the past 10 years showed that although TBT contamination had declined at sites visited by recreational boats, a 100 per cent rate of imposex still existed at sites where commercial vessels were present.

``These high levels are believed to be related to the continuous input of TBT into the area over a period of years, resulting in the presence of significant quantities in the sediment on the sea floor,'' she said.

Prof Gagnon said Fremantle port and the Garden Island naval facility were the main sites where TBT contamination was present in the Perth region.

She said studies had shown that imposex could stop the females from procreating, potentially reducing the number of snails in the shoreline environment.

The samples of thais orbita were collected along the Perth coast between March and June 2009.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:04:24 PM EDT
IBTL.



Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:05:03 PM EDT
What the fuck was I just looking at.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:05:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2010 6:05:25 PM EDT by M-1975]
Ok I'll say it: why should we get spun-up over a bunch of dickheads?
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:06:48 PM EDT
Brings new meaning to the term "go f––k yourself".
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:07:01 PM EDT
This headline begs the question: what is the plural form of "penis?"

Is it "penises?" Or "penii."

Let scholarly discourse proceed in normal GD fashion.

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:07:31 PM EDT


Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:08:49 PM EDT
I guess now no one can accuse them of thinking with the wrong head.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:11:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Airwolf:
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/special-features/freo-snails-grow-pensies-on-head/story-e6frg19l-1225917615063

Female snails living off Perth coast growing penises on head

  • From: AAP
  • September 10, 20105:29PM




CONTAMINATION: Snails living near Fremantle Port are growing male sex organs on their heads after exposure to chemicals. | Picture credit: Monique Gagnon Source: PerthNow

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.

sCurtin 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.

Unlike garden snails, which are hermaphrodites, this species of marine snail has distinct sexes.

Curtin's Environment and Agriculture associate professor Monique Gagnon said studies on the marine snail thais orbita over the past 10 years showed that although TBT contamination had declined at sites visited by recreational boats, a 100 per cent rate of imposex still existed at sites where commercial vessels were present.

``These high levels are believed to be related to the continuous input of TBT into the area over a period of years, resulting in the presence of significant quantities in the sediment on the sea floor,'' she said.

Prof Gagnon said Fremantle port and the Garden Island naval facility were the main sites where TBT contamination was present in the Perth region.

She said studies had shown that imposex could stop the females from procreating, potentially reducing the number of snails in the shoreline environment.

The samples of thais orbita were collected along the Perth coast between March and June 2009.


It begins.

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:12:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By numberofthebeast:
What the fuck was I just looking at.


No idea, but the fact that some scientist can identify it as a penis proves some people have way to goddamn much time on their hands.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:12:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:12:30 PM EDT
Western Australia.

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:12:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2010 6:17:00 PM EDT by DELTAXRAY]
It would be a good idea to collect some of the "contaminated" water, bottle it and sell it. There are some women who would pay big $ to bathe in a liquid that makes them grow a penis, let alone multple ones. Just think of the possibilities. Can anyone think of a name for this product? How about addadicktome juice?

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:15:11 PM EDT
3rd best thread title in GD since I have been here.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:15:59 PM EDT
Buncha dick heads...
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:16:02 PM EDT
I'll bet if you're a female snail, and you don't have a cock growing out of your head, you're pretty popular with the fellas.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:18:17 PM EDT
Yeah, I got nothing.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:20:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2010 6:20:40 PM EDT by M-1975]
Title Fail: if they have dicks, and they aren't your normal hermaphrodite snail, they aren't female!
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:22:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Kihn:
Buncha dick heads...


I Rost......


DINGDINGDINGDING WINNAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!­!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:23:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By M-1975:
Title Fail: if they have dicks, and they aren't your normal hermaphrodite snail, they aren't female!


If Megan Fox had a dick growing out her head, is she still not female? And would you hit it?

I'd get her a hat and mount up.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:24:11 PM EDT


That's HAWT.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:25:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 986Flyer:
Originally Posted By M-1975:
Title Fail: if they have dicks, and they aren't your normal hermaphrodite snail, they aren't female!


If Megan Fox had a dick growing out her head, is she still not female? And would you hit it?

I'd get her a hat and mount up.


On her dick?

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:25:58 PM EDT
I heard Rosie O'Donnell spent her whole fortune on TBT last week.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:26:29 PM EDT
Now I know what happened to this guy...

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:26:50 PM EDT
Lady snail snail?
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:28:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By -RotorDemon-:
Lady snail snail?


Lady KaKa

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:30:21 PM EDT
Originally Posted By edb66:
Originally Posted By 986Flyer:
Originally Posted By M-1975:
Title Fail: if they have dicks, and they aren't your normal hermaphrodite snail, they aren't female!


If Megan Fox had a dick growing out her head, is she still not female? And would you hit it?

I'd get her a hat and mount up.


On her dick?



Uh, no. Thats where the hat goes. Outta sight, outta mind.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:30:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:34:03 PM EDT
Sooooo.............is this a good thing
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