Primeval Tide of Toxins

Nasty things we’re doing to the world’s oceans:

MORETON BAY, AUSTRALIA — The fireweed began each spring as tufts of hairy growth and spread across the seafloor fast enough to cover a football field in an hour.

When fishermen touched it, their skin broke out in searing welts. Their lips blistered and peeled. Their eyes burned and swelled shut. Water that splashed from their nets spread the inflammation to their legs and torsos.

“It comes up like little boils,” said Randolph Van Dyk, a fisherman whose powerful legs are pocked with scars. “At nighttime, you can feel them burning. I tried everything to get rid of them. Nothing worked.”

As the weed blanketed miles of the bay over the last decade, it stained fishing nets a dark purple and left them coated with a powdery residue. When fishermen tried to shake it off the webbing, their throats constricted and they gasped for air.

After one man bit a fishing line in two, his mouth and tongue swelled so badly that he couldn’t eat solid food for a week. Others made an even more painful mistake, neglecting to wash the residue from their hands before relieving themselves over the sides of their boats. A Primeval Tide of Toxins

Click this link to see a picture of what we’re doing to our atmosphere.  Disgusting, isn’t it?


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3 thoughts on “Primeval Tide of Toxins

  • February 14, 2008 at 10:29 am
    This was one of the best articles I’ve read in a year. Well worth the read.
  • February 14, 2008 at 12:46 pm
    Just like in Miyazaki’s Nausica. The toxic sea, it’s a-blooming.

    Life will go on … for the jellyfish.

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