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Vladivostok found snails-hermaphrodites

April 29 2008

Marine snails, hermaphrodites scientists have found in Vladivostok, in the Sports Harbour. These data are presented in the report prepared by the Institute of Marine Biology, and announced at the meeting of the Roundtable on marine environmental issues, conducted in Vladivostok, Far Eastern State University Department of Ecology and the Far Eastern Health Fund.

According to experts, in 2005-2006 in the Sports Harbour has revealed that approximately half of the males and females-thirds of marine snails, the phenomenon of hermaphroditism (the presence of both female and male reproductive organs). This evidence of high pollution, as this phenomenon is not typical for clean areas.

In a joint report from the Institute of Marine Biology and Pacific Oceanological Institute, showed how pollution of the sea affects the reproduction of sea urchins. Scientific evidence showed that the toxicity is almost all area of Amur Bay. Pathology in the sea urchin could be traced even on the island of Reynard in the open Gulf. The main conclusion was: marine pollution leads to a large number of anomalies in the development of offspring in invertebrates. A toxic effect on females and juveniles are significantly higher than males, which leads to a breach of birth and death of young animals.

President of the Far Eastern Health Fund, Ph.D. Peter Ball, commenting on this information, he said: "These are very important to understand the effect of marine pollution on the health of not only the marine ecosystem and the animals, but also on people. It is difficult to prove that the violation pregnancy in women Vladivostok or impairment of children's health due to exposure to pollution of the sea. "

According to him, "People are influenced by a lot of factors. A sea animals can see everything quite clearly. Of course, the impact on people is much less - because people do not live in seawater. But they're out there swimming, sunbathing, fishing, collecting mussels and the same sea urchin. All this is a health risk, which is higher, the more contact with the pollution. For example, one of the thousands of women travelers in the summer at a sanatorium, there can be problems with childbirth. One of a hundred children bathing in Sports harbor, there may be problems with growth and metabolism, RIA PrimaMedia.

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