That’s not a toy poodle—it’s a juiced-up ferret! That’s what an Argentine man probably said when he found out that two toy poodles he bought at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires were really ferrets pumped with steroids. The man from Catamarca knew something wasn’t right when he took the ferrets to the vet for vaccinations. The veterinarian said that the rodents were given steroids at birth to make them bigger and that they were groomed to look fluffy. Local news reports that another woman was duped at the same market when she bought what she thought was a Chihuahua. The Daily Mail gives a handy tip to tell if something’s really a ferret: the “weasel war dance” is a dead giveaway.
To the casual observer, the oceans and bays are vast trackless bodies of water. Beneath their surfaces are countless fish. But more numerous by far are the tiny microscopic animals and plants collectively called plankton, a word derived from the Greek meaning wandering. The plant portion of this complex oceanic soup is called phytoplankton. The term phyto comes from the Latin phyton meaning tree or plant. This large grouping is composed mostly of single-celled algae and bacteria. Marine phytoplankton contains life-giving properties that provide for cell sustenance and healthy cell growth. Phytoplankton contains essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6. Also found in marine phytoplankton are beta carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, cobalamin, Vitamin C, and tocopherol. Plankton also have an alkaline pH which provides a neutralizing effect.