Friday 18 April 2008

Riding The Thames

The old Vaudeville routine begins, “I’ve got good news and bad news, which do you want first?” This is a little different. I’ve got news, and we are not sure if it is good news, or bad news. Seahorses (Hippocampus hippocampus) have returned to the Thames River, in large numbers.

Most certainly there is one part that is good. The fact that they can now survive has got to be a sign of improvement for the river that was once so polluted that people jokingly dismissed the miracle of walking on the water. The little seahorse is sort of like the canary in a coal mine, when the environment becomes polluted they are one of the first to disappear.

The bad part??? Well, the little guys normally are found in the warmer waters farther south, so they may have become more common due to global warming and changes of the temperature of the water.

Now can someone down at Cambridge nano-engineering come up with a little sea-jockey, and we can do away with that silly annual boat race and have some real racing on the Thames. Saddle up and ride, boys!

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