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Fish in Dirty WaterJan 22, 2010

Fish in Dirty Water

After doing a talk on Leave No Trace to the staff of the Manila Ocean Park in celebration of Mountaineering Day, I was informed by Jappy Lim, the Programs Development Specialist, that they saw a shark bigger than any shark they have in the aquarium, jump out of the bay, just outside the marine park compound. He was surprised that a fish as big as a shark can survive in the filthy waters of Manila Bay. As a marine biologist, he went diving there once. What he saw was gray matter all over...sewer water in short. I felt bad for the shark living in such a dirty environment.

Just last week, I took the Pasig River Ferry for a leisurely cruise along Pasig River. Of course, Pasig River is polluted...another glorified sewer. We actually passed a barge dredging parts of the river. What they were hauling was again, gray matter...mud and debris logged in sewer water. Then from the river bank, I saw a guy catch a huge Big Head fish...probably a 5-pounder. I cringed at the thought he'll have that for dinner. I was surprised there's fish that big in such a polluted river. Again, I was appalled that fish should live in that condition.

Then I realized that when I wake up in the middle of the night because of all the traffic noise, I put on my construction ear muff to go back to sleep. When I leave the unit to go anywhere else to start my day, I don my face mask to filter the dirty air caused by Manila's smoke belchers. After 2 days, my white mask will be gray.

Thought Bubble: I'm no better than the shark or the Big Head fish. I am a pot calling the kettle black.

--- TheLoneRider

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Reader Comments:

Dennis Manonog
(Jan 26, 2010) I guess sharks and other marine creatures are in better position to survive and even evolve in Manila's polluted environment.

Emsie Reyes
(Jan 22, 2010) probably, evolution could catch up with the filth

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