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Jan 22, 2010
Fish in Dirty WaterAfter 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.
(Jan 22, 2010) probably, evolution could catch up with the filth
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