Otters, seals, lobsters, tomatoes

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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 05:53 am

Global coldening isn’t just a problem for Alaskan sea otters. Seal hunters remain trapped in thick ice off Canada’s eastern coast:

“They’re getting anxious because some of them have been out for eight or 10 days,” said a spokesman for the Canadian coast guard, Brian Penny. “They’re running out of supplies and it’s a long, slow process to get to them all” …

“Conditions are terrible up there with the ice and that,” said Ward George, a search-and-rescue coordinator in St. John’s, Newfoundland. “So we’re just waiting for the wind to change, to ease off on the pressure, and we’ll do our work.”

Best of luck, clubbers. Lobstermen could do with a little global warmening, too:

“I’m not catching nothing, but it’s pretty close,” said Jack Merrill, a lobsterman from Mount Desert, Maine. “This morning when I went out, there was still ice in the harbor. In the middle of April, that’s almost unheard of. That’s really cold, and it’s why the lobsters aren’t moving and the price is so high.”

The situation is flipped in Australia, where our eternal drought is expected to drive up fruit and vegetable prices. It already is, in fact; a mate who runs Sydney’s finest Lebanese restaurant paid $17 for a crate of tomatoes last Monday, $45 for a crate last Wednesday, and $105 on Saturday (this is in advance of any shortages; investigations may ensue). Happily, Sydney at least is tipped to receive further rain throughout the week. Tonight we copped a deluge so violent the house sprung leaks in three rooms.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/22/2007 at 09:58 AM
    1. $105 for a crate of tomatoes?  You don’t need an investigation, you need a vigilante mob of restaurant owners…

      Posted by Major John on 2007 04 22 at 10:11 AM • permalink


    1. Yes, but $95 of the per crate cost is for security guards to keep them separated from the Lebanese cucumbers

      Posted by Whale Spinor on 2007 04 22 at 10:19 AM • permalink


    1. Hi, Tim. According to Instapundit, you’re back from Hiatus. I did a search with Google Earth, and found that Hiatus is in Florida, just 55 miles north of Tampa. If I’d known I would have been glad to take you out to dinner. Maybe next time.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 22 at 10:20 AM • permalink


    1. How many tomatoes come in one crate? If it’s less than 150, you need that vigilante mob Major John was talking about.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 22 at 10:21 AM • permalink


    1. BTW, from the satellite image it looks like a trailer park. What the hell were you doing there?

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 22 at 10:23 AM • permalink


    1. #5 He was clearly doing research on a lot of the people I went to high school with.

      Oh boy, is Jesse going to kick my @$$ for that one.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 22 at 10:39 AM • permalink


    1. Isn’t anyone else around tonight?

      Or has Tim’s secret disappearance along with Andrew Bolt caused you all to disappear and scheme secret RWDB plans, without checking for the latest?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 22 at 10:46 AM • permalink


    1. If this was in the UK, the price would probably include $80 worth of “food miles” carbon offsets.

      Posted by PW on 2007 04 22 at 10:47 AM • permalink


    1. Isn’t Geothermia, USA atop Mount Desert?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 04 22 at 11:33 AM • permalink


    1. Tim, that rain was in contradiction of all the tenets of globalwarming coldening climate change on which science is united in consensus… therefore it did not happen.

      If you know what’s good for you…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 22 at 11:34 AM • permalink


    1. If the seals are already trapped in ice, isn’t it easier to catch them and keep them fresh til they reach the market? Granted, instead of a club you need a chainsaw…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 22 at 12:45 PM • permalink


    1. Well, that confirms it.  Australia is having global warming and North America isn’t.  This is probably going to force AlBore to make some inconvenient revisions.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 04 22 at 12:58 PM • permalink


    1. Australia is having global warming and North America isn’t.

      It’s because all the thermometers are upside-down in Australia.

      Posted by PW on 2007 04 22 at 05:16 PM • permalink


    1. #1 Vigilante mob?

      Just don’t buy the tomatoes if you don’t like the price.

      The fact that tomatoes were rapidly increasing in price over the week just shows that supply was falling off rapidly relative to demand.

      At that price ($105 a case) only those that really need to have tomatoes (resturanteurs) would buy them.

      Marvellous how the price system appropriately allocates scarce resources. It avoids the likelihood of vigilante mobs. The imposition of price controls would increase that likelihood as supply would dry up far more rapidly.

      Posted by amortiser on 2007 04 22 at 08:39 PM • permalink


    1. #14 amortiser- spot on.
      We did without bananas for about a year after cylone Larry, we’ll do without whatever we have to do without until it rains and the price comes down.

      Drought is a bugger, but part of life. Difference with this one is that it is widespread and long, so all in trouble. At least urbanites are now more aware of the link between farms, rain and food and prices. Perhaps.

      Note with interest that some of the Murray “wetlands” (swamps)are to be drained and the water to flow to Adelaide to provide drinking water etc to humans.

      Key the usual bleating about plants, fish, birds etc losing their “habitat”. The fact that it has been artifically created by water stored in the evil Snowy doesn’t register.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 04 22 at 09:55 PM • permalink


    1. A price rise for tomatoes is especially mysterious, as practically none are grown commercially in the Murray Darling basin.  The best growing areas are around Bundaberg and Bowen in sunny Queensland.

      Now, Bowen has absolutely no water shortage at all, and Bundaberg, while in drought, has plenty of irrigation water available.

      The price rise is either seasonal, or people are taking advantage.

      Posted by entropy on 2007 04 22 at 11:18 PM • permalink


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