Jan 14, 2009 | 1
Scientists in Australia are looking at fish larvae there as if they have two heads—because they do.
Millions of larvae in the country’s Noosa River were found to have grown two noggins, and chemicals from a nearby macadamia nut farm may be to blame for the defect.
"Fish don't have two heads, they generally have one,” Acting Premier Paul Lucas tells today’s edition of The Australian newspaper. “Let's find out why that is the case.”
One of two commonly used farming chemicals—the insecticide endosulfan or the fungicide carbendazim—may have caused their disfiguration, according to the Courier Mail. The chemicals could have ended up in the river through spraying or runoff, Matt Landos, a lecturer in aquatic animal health at the University of Sydney, told the newspaper. The Noosa River is in the southeast section of the state of Queensland, which spans the northeast quadrant of Australia.
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