Friday, February 24, 2012

Sharks and Phytoplankton - again?

What what what?

Talk about serendipity!
We've just finished sinking the oxygen myth and here comes Neil's paper titled Cyanobacterial Neurotoxin β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) in Shark Fins!
So there you have it black-on-white and peer reviewed: bioaccumulation, i.e. a typical bottom-up effect! And I also read that
Cyanobacteria are found in lakes, rivers, estuaries, and marine waters with bloom growth increased due to nutrient loading from agricultural and industrial runoff, farm animal wastes, sewage, groundwater inflow and atmospheric deposition!
Well well!

So it turns out that eating Shark (and I would surmise, probably other large marine predators and quite possibly, also filter-feeders like Shellfish) is not only gonna load you with mercury but also screw with your brain!
Press release here!

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