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March 24, 2010

Asian Invasion

It's true that Asian people (mainly Chinese) are currently invading the world... But not only the people, one particular species of fish from Asia is also committing invasion overseas... Introducing the Asian Carp, the baddest river fish of all... 


See the size of it? The Asian carps are now invading the Illinois River and the Mississippi River... Their main food is plankton and algae but they also eat obtrusive snails... These guys consume so much, they steal all the food, leaving other species of fish starved to death... Some species which are the originally inhabitants of those rivers are going extinct because of them... 

...and they are not planning to stop... Their numbers are increasing and if nothing is done, they will be the sole inhabitants of most of American rivers and lakes...

They can grow so big that they clog subsidiary drainage systems...



Asian carps can jump up to 2 meters above the water surface and they are very dangerous for speed boat riders and jet skiers... The engine sound of water vehicles make the fish jump out from the water, causing injuries... Some cases of broken bones and bruises because of the collision with the carps have been reported... Check this out... 


Scientists and authorities are now putting their heads together to reduce the number of Asian carps in the rivers of USA... However, it looks like the carps are winning... How can u kill thousands of carps in the river? You certainly cant poison or electrocute them because other fishes will be affected too... Fishing them will take forever... 

How did they get into the States in the first place? Well, they have been brought from China to clean tanks... They are superb cleaners... then the flooding of Mississippi in the late 1990's have cause them to creep out of the tanks into lakes and rivers... By the time they were discovered, it was too late... 


You cant prevent the Asian invasion... We are taking over the world :-D



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