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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Fun With YouTube  

More bizarre invasive species videos from the world of YouTube:

  • Kentucky Afield posted a really interesting video about Bow fishing at night for bighead carp. Not for the squeamish, but if you want to see guys shoot an arrow through the head of a 40 pound carp with a bow and a flashlight, check it out!
  • The Mississippi Valley Conservancy has a video about invasive plants. The intro is a bit heavy on the cheese, but on the whole, the video is full of good information.
  • dancohen posts Alien Invasion, an educational video put together by some Emerson boys for a class project. It's wicked pissah! (No, no, it's not, it's actually pretty bad. Sorry guys. At least you had some decent factoids in there. But if you could get Rachel Dratch and Jimmy Fallon to parody it: comedy gold!) If you cannot get enough of them with AI Part 1, there's always AI Part 2, which is an interpretive dance. [Via That Biology Girl]
  • Flkitesurfer caught a lionfish hanging around a shipwreck in the Bahamas. WOuld be a nice diving video, except for the fact that lionfish are native to the Pacific Ocean!
  • bluedotprodux posted a video showing feral goats being removed from Santa Cruz Island, in the Galapagos. I have no idea what the guy being interviewed is saying, but I do know that it cannot be fun to be charged with catching and dragging dozens of goats into a truck.

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Hi, Colin from BlueDotProdux here--never got around to those subtitles--but here's the translation:

The goats are caught through the method of dogs, also with [mallas=mesh nets?], or also run into a ditch, so they are captured easily, in every island, in Floreana, Isabela, and Santa Cruz.
The goal is to eradicate them because it is an animal that is harmful to nature, the plants and animals, and also it is to take advantage of the meat for human consumption, if not here then in Guayaquil, the continent.
We are individuals here that work, or people who dedicate ourselves to this activity because it is like a source of work.

This program has been a large success, but there are many other, smaller invasive species. Check out the video "Galapagos Now!" which has some analysis of the problems facing the Galapagos--in English!

By Anonymous Colin, at 9/04/2008 04:17:00 PM  

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