ME and Ophelia

Monday, November 22, 2004

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Shell shock at two-headed tortoise

The tortoise's heads work independently of each other

A two-headed tortoise has come out of its shell in Dorset, England to find itself in the media spotlight. The unusual case of a Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise, born two months ago in an incubator, made the headlines in various papers last week. I live in Dorset, England.

This reminds me of the monster sunfish and three-headed frog pictures I posted a while back. The frog was found in this part of England.

Apparently, it's all an early warning of environmental problems. Because this area is rural and surrounded by farms and agricultural land it makes one wonder about the damage done by decades pesticides and OP's. Many farmers became ill with OP poisoning from sheep dip and suffered symptoms that resemble ME, Gulf War Syndrom, and other illnesses, causing some to take their own lives.

Recently I posted on how some underwater creatures can't find their way or hear each other calling anymore because man is polluting the seas with noise so badly. Now see this disturbing graph: coral reefs and other complex ecosystems are being replaced by slime - Jellyfish - and bacteria: destructuring the oceans and destroying fisheries. How sad.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 11/22/2004
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