Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Sewage Altering Fish, Study Reports

Male bottom-dwellers with female sex characteristics are found near outfall pipes in waters off Los Angeles and Orange counties.
By Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Male fish with female characteristics have been discovered in ocean waters off Los Angeles and Orange counties, raising concerns that treated sewage released offshore contains hormone-disrupting compounds that are deforming the sex organs of marine life.
Scientists around the world have found sexual abnormalities in frogs, fish, alligators and other wild animals exposed to sewage effluent and industrial contaminants that mimic estrogens and other hormones. But the latest research in the waters off Southern California is among the first to find such effects in ocean creatures.

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