Folks, I don’t want to cause a panic, despite how good it is for readership, but the invasive Asian Carp is making its way north and threatens to destroy the delicate Great Lakes ecosystem. As you know, destroying ecosystems is our job, and this latest invasion is another example of irresponsible outsourcing to Asia.
You, like me, have probably heard of the Asian Carp but didn’t know much about it. When we say “Asian Carp,” we’re referring to a couple species in particular: The Silver Carp and the Bighead Carp. What makes these fish so dangerous? They are voracious eaters, occasionally reaching upwards of 100lbs. They are also insatiable breeders. The concern is that they will force out the Great Lakes’ native fish. But with the Silver Carp, there is another worry: When agitated by boat motors, they tend to leap out of the water like cannon balls, bludgeoning boaters and other maritime enthusiasts like Carp-A-Kazis.
In order to prevent the wiley carp from entering the Great Lakes, the Army Corps of Engineers built a $9 Million electric fish barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Well, it seems that the barrier has been breached. How? Based on some exhaustive research on my part, I’ve determined that the carp have been engaging in some “engineering” of their own; specifically “human engineering.”
I should warn you: What follows may not be suitable for young readers!
That’s right, folks, despite our love for our Great Lakes, it can’t compete with our love for the perfect figure: 12-65-12. Later, as the guard slumbered, the fish, along with several of its school, crept past the barrier and continued on to Lake Michigan.
God help us all.