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Fun / foon Tokyo
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Good grief, great gobs of guano!
Topic: Media
These cormorants call "Uu" in japanese are wildly stinky poop machines. They make some of my favorite beaches unusable. The Emperor's Cormorant Island in Ueno Park and the National Zoo is disgusting and everyone avoids it. Yuck-o.
cormorants Great cormorants turning fish into guano
Yomiuri Shimbun / March 2

The environment of a small island in Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture, has been damaged by a huge flock of great cormorants, aquatic birds that are gobbling up local fish populations and producing unhealthy amounts of waste..... In late February, about 10,000 cormorants from other parts of the country crowd onto the tiny island--just two kilometers around--to breed and nest. ...
....Worshipers who visit Hogonji temple and Tsukubusuma Shrine in the island are annoyed by the smell caused by the cormorants' droppings. According to local people, the heavy piles of guano and loss of vegetation have even caused an increase in landslides on the island in recent years. ... local people put fake eggs in the birds' nests to replace real eggs as a kind of avian birth control measure....

Posted by trek/taro at 5:41 PM JST
Updated: Tuesday, March 2, 2004 5:44 PM JST
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Tuesday, March 2, 2004 - 9:52 PM JST

Name: A-kun
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They ought to do as the Nauruans did.

Problem is now that they have dug up their entire South Pacific nation made of birdshit. They got very wealthy there for a few decades-the Nauruans once owned the largest office building in Melbourne at the time, but they don't know what to do now the guano is all gone. 90% of Nauru is also a wasteland as a result of the phosphate (guano) mining. :(

Tuesday, March 2, 2004 - 9:56 PM JST

Name: taro

"A-kun" wrote:
They got very wealthy there for a few decades-the .. once owned the largest office buildings ... but they don't know what to do now that all is gone. 90% of NauruNippon is also a wasteland

Here's a concrete solution...

Tuesday, March 2, 2004 - 9:57 PM JST

Name: taro

the original Tokyo picture ...

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