Darwin’s Nightmare! Killer Fish Decimate The World’s Largest Freshwater Lake!

Behold The Killer Fish Of Tanzania!

If you love to fish, this picture would be a dream come true: catching a fish a large as a human! Unfortunately, this is a “Nile Perch”, and it is devastating the largest lake in the world!

Darwin’s Nightmare!

This 2004 documentary examines the devastating effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. This predatory fish has wiped out native species, so the local starve while these fish are harvested to send to Europe!

Here is a short clip of these enormous fish being processed in a decrepit Tanzanian factory, including a short interview with the men who run it, pointing out they’ve never seen a fish like this before:

As you can see from this second poster, these fish are more than food – they are a very dangerous and bloody mix that impact the local politics as well.

You see, there is a LOT of money to be made – so this enormous lake can’t feed the local population – who struggle to survive…

The Nile perch was introduced to Lake Victoria 40 to 50 years ago, in a disastrous attempt to replenish the over fished waters that led to the extinction of hundreds of indigenous species. This oily-fleshed fish can grow over six feet long – and it has quickly preyed on smaller fish in the lake – “Darwin’s Nightmare”. In a 2001 report, the World Conservation Union called the Nile perch one of the planet’s 100 “worst invasive alien species.”

This ongoing ecological disaster is also a multimillion-dollar business, because Tanzania, which owns 49 percent of Lake Victoria, is the main exporter of perch to the European Union.

So this gorgeous, serene lake has the opportunity to feed a nation – just NOT an African nation. Instead, this massive slaughter of fish is for export only.

As you can see, Lake Victoria is HUGE – it’s the world’s largest freshwater lake…but none of these “monster fish” can be eaten by the local population, because they are just “too valuable” for that…

Hubert Sauper’s essential documentary isn’t perfectly done, but it is meant to make you angry – and expose an injustice – and on both counts, it delivers.

“Darwin’s Nightmare” was nominated for An Academy Award as Best Documentary of 2004.

Here is an update from National Geographic last year:


https://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2016/11/what-happens-when-the-world-s-largest-lake-runs-out-of-fish-/

Let me know what you think about this thought-provoking documentary!



Categories: Academy Awards, Africa, Art, Awards, Books / Media, Cult Movies, documentary films, Exotic Travel, Great Films, Independent Cinema, Movies, Obscure Movies, Politics, Travel, Travel Adventures, Uncategorized

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 replies

  1. Fascinating topic, John. I have never heard of this topic. What a messy situation.

  2. I had heard about this many years ago, but had never actually seen a photo of one of those fish. They are enormous indeed. Small wonder they wiped out the local fish.
    Best wishes, Pete.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Emma Edit

A self-confessed blogaholic since January 2017

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

a mindful traveller

explore, live, love...

Touch My Spine Book Reviews

~Down to earth and honest book reviews and ramblings from a free-spirited and custom Bilbliophile~

Half Baked In Paradise

Searching, settling, sauteeing and spritzing

yamarella

Just another WordPress.com site

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

My Cup of English Tea

Setting up a Brand-New Life in London

RUN WRIGHT

Eat Right, Live Right, RUN WRIGHT!

Guilty Pleasure Love

In Defense of the Not So Good and Underappreciated

Under a Cornish Sky

inspired by the colours of the land, sea and sky of Cornwall

First Night Design

Art, Design, Theatre, Literature, History, Food, Laughter ...

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

Riding With Gary

All Vroom, All the Time.

alexvorkovwriter

Flaming Goats Heads of Terror

FILM GRIMOIRE

film reviews, etc.

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotronic Cinema

Let's Go To The Movies

Film and Theatre Lover!

Susartandfood's Blog

A taste of humor about life, art and food

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists

simplisticInsights

Simple made easy! psychology love feeling emotion thought behaviour success strategy

lloydmarken

Do Yourself a Favour

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

You hear that?!?

An electronic record of learning of things

Tangled Up In Music

Music Reviews (and other things)

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

The Contrarian Blog

"It is not enough to speak, but to speak true." - Shakespeare

Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013...

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Culture. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

REDFLAGFLYING

Dictatorship is good. If the Dictator is me.

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, gardens, travel and life

anotherdayinparadise

Travels in Paradise

Trash Film Guru

Bringing 42nd Street Into Your Living Room --- Where It Belongs!

johnrieber

Burgers, Bacon, Music, Movies, Offbeat Adventures & Exploitation!

%d bloggers like this: