Asian carp, meet your worst nightmare. Not poison. Not an electric barrier, or a predator from your native land. No, this is good ol' American ingenuity. With a touch of Ted Nugent, or maybe Chuck Norris. People dressed in spiked body armor with Wolverine-style claws and samurai swords are taking to the Illinois River to battle Asian carp, the NRDC reports. Oh, and they're also on water skis. The Natural Resources Defense Council isn't sponsoring this effort, mind you. But Josh Mogerman, one of their reps in Chicago, just blogged it. And this one is hard to resist.
Are these guys extreme environmentalists? Extremely frustrated at ongoing (lagging?) efforts to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes? Extremely cruel?
The Detroit Free Press just announced a 13-day, 7-state trek to track Asian carp. It's practically a pass time in the region.
But there's been no mention from U.S. Asian Carp czar John Goss that ninjas may be deployed to fight the threat of the invasive monster fish. He's said poison and genetic engineering are possible solutions. Nothing about swords.
These ninjas, the Peoria Carp Hunters, have taken it upon themselves to fight the carp, which are known for jumping out of the water and smacking boaters in the head. Or getting sliced up by guys on skis. These ninjas aren't very good at it ... yet.
"The Carp Hunters are vehemently opposed to the Asian Carp, Flying Carp, Silver Carp, Bighead Carp, Jumping Carp's progression up the Illinois River which will inevitably end up in the Great Lakes. Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Erie," the Hunters say.
This is dangerous stuff. The "don't try this at home" disclaimer surely applies. I wonder how long it is before these guys get arrested?
"This video is the first in a series to show our story," the Hunters promise (threaten?).
"We care greatly about preserving our natural ecosystem in the Illinois River. Since we can't Bass fish anymore we have taken on this burden. Bow Hunting aside, we have created a new way of fishing."
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