"We Can Put A Fish On The Moon","
I picked up a copy of The Oregonian this morning and read a story about how the ocean conditions this year are killing off seabirds in record numbers.
Most biologists are blaming a lack of cooling ocean winds which are causing warmer Pacific ocean temperatures, which are causing a lack of phytoplankton production, (which then need to stirred up from the ocean bottom by the wind),which are causing Anchovys and Sardines to die, which are causing the birds to go without food.
Scientists seem to have a pretty good grasp on this theory, and even though solution wise,they are pretty much held at the mercy of Mother Nature, the explanation still makes perfect sense.
Which of course has been blamed for everything short of the scalding temperatures of McDonalds coffee.
Enter the Coho.
Marine biologists have also stated that the size of the fish has generally been smaller, again, with one theory being that there is less food for the Coho to feed on--therefore less growth.
As one wildlife biologist said "" it is a big ocean nobody really knows"".
We have the ocean-- which past history has told us is affected greatly by currents and temperature.
Or how to fix it.
Yet we have the ability to repair it.
But we can't figure out where thousands of Salmon migrate to- right here on our home planet??
""It's a big ocean nobody really knows.
Maybe we can tie a string to their fins and follow the string to their whereabouts? Or, perhaps we can hire a ""private scuba investigator"" (scuba Dick??) to put a tail on them--maybe take a few photos of them?? Have they fallen into the Marianas trench? What if they are just ""vacationing"" in Iceland until the waters get cooler?
When I get hot during the summer--I go where it is cooler!
Again, we have no clear idea why or where the fish are disappearing--but we are pretty certain that global warming is causing it.
If there is enough cause for concern, and enough reason to throw billions of dollars at studying ozone layers, and studying why Coho are diminishing--after the fact-- then there certainly is reason enough to do it before hand.
50 cents more on my fishing license to help pay for 10,000 or so chips and a few monitoring devices.
No fish--no fishermen--no money spent.
As far as the ozone is concerned, I think we all have a vested interest in that study.
I am not saying that space exploration is not viable and important, and I am certainly convinced that one day, much like the discovery of any new frontier,people will inhabit some place in space.
So, it seems when it comes to ozones and fish migration and what goes on in the ""deep blue sea""--we ought to know just as much as we know about a crack in a space shuttles insulation!!
What do you think?
In the meantime, I'll be outside cooking my breakfast on the hood of my car--because MAN it's hot out.
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