Peeing while swimming in a lake may not just be taboo – it could also be lethal, for the fish.
At least that’s what a group of German anglers contend, blaming swimmers for the 500 dead fish that have turned up in a picturesque German lake near Hamburg.
“Swimmers who urinate in the lake are introducing a lot of phosphate,” Manfred Siedler, a spokesman for an angler’s group, told Bild newspaper. “We’re calculating half a liter of urine per swimmer per day.”
Skeptics questioned whether the outcry was an attempt by fishermen to oust bathers – with whom they have long feuded – but are saying this could be possible.