Environment invaders in ‘Born Impact’-A A +A
Friday, March 15, 2013
THIS Sunday, Born Impact tackles alien species that create havoc in the natural environment.
From other countries, humans managed to get them into the Philippines purposefully or by accident. In the absence of natural predators, they flourish, and become a threat to natural wildlife that they either eat or compete with for food. Eventually they become “invasive,” taking over areas where native species once thrived.
The Invasive Alien Species group reported that the Philippines has over 47 invasive species, and most of these are the kinds that have a history of being the most damaging in other parts of the globe.
Show host Doc Nielsen searches for a feared fish called the “Black Mask” that is said to be invading the manmade reservoirs. This fish possesses a snake-like appearance, razor-sharp teeth and voraciously eats other native fish.
Doc Ferds encounters turtles of an aggressive kind in Pampanga. With their long snout and tube-like nostrils that allow them to “snorkel” in shallow water, these turtles pack a nasty bite. Aside from that, local fishpond owners are concerned that these invasive turtles are eating most of their fish leaving them bankrupt.
Not all introduced species eventually become invasive. Learn more about these interesting creatures on Born Impact on March 17, after AHA! on GMA-7. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 16, 2013.