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Depressed Fish

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Beaver no longer boon in Tomsk Region

Its Tomsk population is now at about 10,000, contributing to the risk of riverside flooding and seriously depressing fish stocks.

Happy New Year. I thought we’d start the year right with a little piscatorial ennui from the ecology minded “Voice of Russia”. Apparently their environmental department has studied the issue and found that all those dams get in the way of spawning activity.

And just ask Mr. Dostoyevesky: when anything gets in the way of Russian spawning activity, they get very, very depressed. ba-dum-bum.

And random odd fact to start the year off right: google the term “Depressed fish” and see how many images pop up. Not sure why that is, but apparently I’m not the only one whose looked for this before.