some of these children approached puberty, researchers noted abnormal
sexual development in the males, paralleling one of the most striking
effects recorded in wildlife literature. Like the alligators in Lake
Apopka, these boys have significantly shorter
penises than the unexposed boys of the same age."
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Apopka's dire condition might have gone undiscovered
if wildlife officials hadn't become interested in supplying wild alligator
eggs to for commercial alligator ranches."
. . they found most of the eggs in Apopka nests were not hatching."
Apopka vividly illustrates how appearances can be totally at odds with
reality. The lake appears healthy, relatively unspoiled place, and the
surrounding swamps seem to be rich in wildlife including turtles and
even years later the poisons from the accident (1980) have not truly
disappeared. Though absent from the water, they are still circulating
in Apopka's food web and causing havoc. Only with closer scrutiny does
the profound disruption of its wildlife become evident."
12,500 hectare lake, the fourth largest freshwater body in the state,
is located north of the Everglades, not far from Orlando . . . "
knew it was contamination' he says, ' but we didn't realize it was a
the issue first broke into the news in early 1994 a parade of journalists
began trooping down to Lake Apopka to record the plight of its alligators
and photograph their tiny members.
regardless of where they live on the lake, the Apopka males as a whole
have smaller penises than the males hatched on a relatively clean lake."
study of children in Taiwan born to women "who in 1979 consumed
cooking oil accidentally contaminated with high levels of PCBs and furans."