ANIMALS LIVING

The latest environmental crisis? Animals surviving in the Antarctic. Interestingly, scientists (among others) are blamed for introducing the hardy outsiders:

Scientists are calling for action to prevent foreign species from taking hold in Antarctica and wrecking the continent’s unique ecosystems.

Despite Antarctica’s inhospitable environment, non-native species introduced by tourists, scientists and explorers are gaining a foothold.

In light of this danger to ice-dwelling lifeforms, a planned journey to the Arctic should be cancelled:

On Aug. 5-12, Inuit-owned Cruise North Expeditions has scheduled “A Baffin Adventure,” an educational voyage that will focus on the Arctic’s ecological crisis. The cruise topic is “Polar Bears on Thin Ice.”

Sounds like a Vegas show.

UPDATE. In other migratory creature news, a bird native to Iraq has now turned up in Kenya:

Mr Bush took a similar trip on Thanksgiving Day in 2003 when he held a plastic turkey amid security fears.

It’s one thing to hold a plastic turkey, but only the truly brave hold such a beast “amid security fears.” Thank you, Chege Mbitiru.

UPDATE II. At Maine screenings of An Inconvenient Truth, attendees are treated to the sight of a guy dressed up in a polar bear costume:

He’ll be there as a representative of the Alaska Coalition, which is so worried about global warming’s effect on polar bears that they’ve managed to convince an actual grownup to dress up in the outfit and spend some very hot time in the very small and crowded lobby of the Railroad Square Cinema.

We need pictures.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/25/2006 at 10:32 AM
    1. Oh, shock! Horror! The most insufferably bleak place on the planet now has TWO lifeforms, where it once had one – oh the shame!!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 06 25 at 10:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. Grass and crabs?  They’re worried about grass and crabs?  Where were these people when taraxacum officinale* invaded the New World, huh?  Why, whole industries have sprung up to fight this evil pest… wait, maybe that’s a good thing.  Capitalism, and all that.

      *dandelion

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 25 at 10:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. First the guy says that spider crabs could not possibly have migrated to Antarctica by themselves (how does he know how much they travel???) and right after that he says that “we” don’t know what kinds of sea animals are native to Antarctica.

      And of course the reporter doesn’t say, “Hey, chowderhead, you just invalidated your complaint about those spider crabs!”

      I say, leave the damn crabs alone, and quit bitching about them.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 06 25 at 11:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. I say eat the crabs.

      Posted by Tim B. on 2006 06 25 at 11:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. At Maine screenings of An Inconvenient Truth, attendees are treated to the sight of a guy dressed up in a polar bear costume.

      Heh. Not anymore. He was so realistic looking that he was “rescued” by the P.A.C.O. B.E.A.R.s, and is now reclining before El Cid’s fireplace.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 25 at 11:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. On Aug. 5-12, Inuit-owned Cruise North Expeditions has scheduled “A Baffin Adventure,” an educational voyage that will focus on the Arctic’s ecological crisis. The cruise topic is “Polar Bears on Thin Ice.” Yes, this cruise should be canceled because, (a) it is ecologically irresponsible, and (b) I thought of it first. If one of our polar bear rescue expeditions encounters this vessel, we shall come along side, board her, and maroon the crew and passengers on an ice floe. You are warned, Baffin adventurers!

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 25 at 11:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. I like dandelions. I think they make otherwise boring flat green lawns interesting. Whenever I see a dandelion going to seed I make sure to pick it and spread its seeds.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 06 25 at 11:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think the guy in the polar bear costume is doing more harm to the environment than good, unless he got from Alaska to Maine by walking or unicycling.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2006 06 25 at 11:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tim B., howzabout we eat the guy in the polar bear costume?  Irony, and all that.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 06 25 at 11:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ushie — No, irony is when you drown him.

      And surprisingly, no one has been able to report any confirming sightings of the vast herds of albino zebra allegedly exported to Antarctica…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 25 at 12:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. One word folks,Dingos. Dingos were brought to Australia many thousands of years ago, yet now they’re considered to be native fauna. At what point does an introduced species become native?, is there a chart that could tell me this because I’ve never been able to fathom it. It seems to me that given enough time, any transplanted species can become a native, even a plastic turkey. I need a massive govt. grant to confirm my theory.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 06 25 at 12:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. RIchard McEnroe, I’m all for drowning dolts who dress like polar bears.

      I was thinking of the cannibal bears.  “The Bears Have Eyes, Part II”?

      Posted by ushie on 2006 06 25 at 01:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. It seems to me that given enough time, any transplanted species can become a native

      In that spirit, two more words: White folks.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2006 06 25 at 01:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. #13 Jim Treacher,
      Are you trying to muscle in on my research grant?. Curse you Treacher!.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 06 25 at 02:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ushie—yeah, but technically you’re eating a man (Hey! I don’t judge…) in a large amount of polyester fur if it’s going to qualify as a canibalism (and a major shot of fiber.  Stand back folks!)

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 25 at 02:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Kenya link, “context” for extract:

      Mr Bush took a similar trip on Thanksgiving Day in 2003 when he held a plastic turkey amid security fears. Now Baghdad is more dangerous than then. So Mr Bush qualifies as a tough guy. Air Force One is a big bird. But although equipped with gadgets to deflect missiles, a lucky shot remains a possibility.

      What?! “Plastic/tough” theme, check; “turkey/bird/look-it’s-a-bird” theme, check; smooth segue to “shooting down Air Force One” theme?!

      Mr Mbitiru is a freelance journalist.

      Correction: Mr Mbitiru will remain a freelance journalist.

      A must-read. Every line eminently excerptable.

      Posted by m on 2006 06 25 at 03:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bunch of xenophobes.  I say Open the Borders to these brave species that are bravely seeking a better life for their families.

      Posted by debo.v2 on 2006 06 25 at 04:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. In light of this danger to ice-dwelling lifeforms, a planned journey to the Arctic should be cancelled:

      Absolutely!  We must oppose overplanting the Arctic Ice Pack.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 25 at 04:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ushie—yeah, but technically you’re eating a man…

      richard, how do you know there isn’t a woman inside the bear suit?  Do you want to get charged by the PC Police?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 06 25 at 05:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. You are missing the most important part of the story:  They don’t know what they are talking about so they need to do more research = send money so a self-picked elite can remain in full control over an entire continent.

      Boy, I haven’t seen this kind of tie-ins to a movie for a long time.  Ever since the Gore bore hit the screens, there hasn’t been a day go by that there isn’t at least one major news story in all media, plus at least one story of a group activity “calling attention” to the movie climate change.  Do we know who sponsored the making of this movie?

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 06 25 at 06:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. richard, how do you know there isn’t a woman inside the bear suit?  Do you want to get charged by the PC Police?

      The Real JeffS — RTFMAmigo…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 25 at 07:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wait till the cane toads and Argentine fire ants reach the Antarctic, then there will be cause for worry.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2006 06 25 at 09:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Is there any chance that this means that Al Gore is a closet furbie [sp?]? Maybe that’s why he invented the Internet?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 06 25 at 10:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. In other news today, tragedy on the high seas. 72 polar bears drowned last night when the boat they’d commandeered from Canadian gun runners capsized.  Global warming is thought to have raised sea-levels so rapidly that 50 foot waves have been reported.  Experts believe these waves capsized the boat. The polar bears were evidentially plotting a course for Antarctica drawn by the rumor of bountiful spider crabs, and non-melting ice packs.  Local polar bear spokesbear, DrPoll stated, “I blame Bush.  After ignoring repeated warnings to stop making fun of this serious issue, Bush’s Blairites continue to mock me and now look what has happened.  I provided link after link of non-related data to these doubters, yet even after providing this compelling evidence, they continue to jest.”  The ACLU has been notified.  In response to this crisis, the ACLU filed 427 lawsuits against the US government for withholding classified information about its operations to find Osama Bin Laden.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 06 26 at 02:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think that if the rest of the world is truly going to be too hot to live in then we should encourage the movement of edible species to the arctic as we may need to live there one day in the future.

      Lets face it governments are not going to do anything about global warming unless it looks good at election time and we all know what happens after they get elected.

      We may end up just like the canabal polar bears if the heat kills all the “native” animals

      Posted by Killaette on 2006 06 26 at 02:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. Does that mean I can shoot any endangered species that wanders “off its patch”?

      Yeeehaaa!! im going hunting for orange bellied parrots. One of those suckers tries to spread it teritory one inch its dead.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 06 26 at 09:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. thefrollickingmole — And let me just state for the record that the first whale I find in my apartment I didn’t invite up there sober is dead meat.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 26 at 09:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Richard McEnroe, first you skin the bear.  As it’s a twit in a bear suit, this is easy:  find the zipper and then Dahmer away!

      “The Hills Have Bears, Part IV”?

      Texas Bob, I would do anything for an opportunity to see polar bears sailing a ship.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 06 26 at 10:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ushie—you should see the painting where they’re playing poker.  Awwwww….

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 27 at 08:59 PM • permalink

 

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