Wednesday, June 28, 2006

RIP Little Antonio

The LA Times has been keeping a webcam trained on two goldfish living in a tank full of water drawn from the LA River - it's been sort of an unofficial experiment about the water quality of a really nasty looking cement-lined urban river.

One of the fish (named "Little Antonio" after our not so beloved by everyone anymore mayor) has died, although I'm pretty certain his (or her) death wasn't due to the water quality, since he (or she) lived for over 100 days.

In case you were wondering about relevancy - I'm deeply interested (no pun intended) in LA River water quality, as over the years I've had to wade in it numerous times (damn music videos) for work.

I really, truly, with all my heart want to believe that there's nothing toxic in that water.

What doesn't kill me only makes me stronger, right?


What's the lifespan of a goldfish, anyway?

Couch of the day:



StumpyFinger said...

Music videos are the worst for toxic exposure. From wading into the LA River to wrapping cable in human feces filled gutters to sucking down methanol and oil fumes from Flying Cams, for some reason the hazards are always increased on music videos. The pay is less, the hours are worse, and the dangers to life and limb are increased. I dont know why I still work on em . . . oh yeah . . . rent. (sigh) Its ok though. Dying young from toxic exposure will mean less rent to pay, right?

Justin said...

Wiki quote: "In optimal conditions, goldfish may live more than 20 years (the world record is 49 years); however, most household goldfish generally only live six to eight years."

Norman said...

When I worked in production in NY, I remember the producers telling us before we shot a smoked scene -- "Don't worry. This is much safer than the stuff we used to use."

But they said that every year.

Anonymous said...

You don't mention if the experiment includes changing the water daily, or if it is aerated in some other way. Lack of oxegen will also kill fish in short order.
I ride the LA river bike "trail" frequently, and there's a lot of hardy stuff living in the natural bottom area just north of Fletcher. Some pretty good size migrating birds, ducks, geese, etc.
Hopefully, the fact that all that water goes untreated into the ocean is getting across to enough people to reduce the polution. Every bit of soap used to wash a car in a driveway winds up there. Also the runoff from lawn fertilizer and weed killers, not to mention all the car oil, antifreeze, etc. Stepping off box, thanks for opening the subject.