topeka-shiner

Thanks for All the Fish

Well, maybe not:

The rebuilding of an eastern South Dakota dam will be delayed by the discovery of an endangered minnow.

Endangered people because a dam is no longer functioning as it ought? Not a problem–they are only people. Endangered Topeka shiner minnow? Full stop.

Why do people worry about biodiversity, and about critters becoming extinct, unless deep down they do not really believe in evolution?

Maybe I’ve got this wrong, but I thought that “Life will find a way” was much more important than the average movie line. Is not death (and yes, extinction) simply part of the great circle of life?

Meanwhile, some folks are hoping (and probably praying) that the water levels stay low enough that the lack of a dam does not give them cause to curse the fish instead of catching them.