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    buddy Male 30-39
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    April 5, 2005 at 5:00 pm
    Link: Swim Boy, Swim! - Guy buys giant fish at Chinese market and releases it into the wild.

    :-)

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    dorraj Male 13-17
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    April 5, 2005 at 5:22 pm
    awsome - was was faked out by the "there was never a fish" pic
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    anglatay Female 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 5:31 pm
    The EPA should`ve had him arrested the last time he "was in trouble with them" as he put it. Introduced exotic species are the number one reason why native species go extinct. He thinks he`s saved the life of that one fish, but in reality he`s killed an entire school of some other fish.
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    reeallybored Male 13-17
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    April 5, 2005 at 5:36 pm
    Go little freedom fish, go! It kinda looked dead to me when it got the two pics of him in the water...
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    focuspocus Male 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 5:42 pm
    I ate that fish for dinner. Sorry.
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    lukast Male 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 5:44 pm
    anglatay
    i agree 100%.....what a jerk. the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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    anglatay Female 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 5:49 pm
    I`m not sure if that`s sarcasm or honesty...if it`s honesty, thanks, if it`s sarcasm all I can say is that it`s true, they really are the number one native species killers.
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    DanteInferno Female 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 5:55 pm
    Exotic species can`t take over without having a mate(duh). The point of the story is to make us think, ok? Look at it in a metaphorical way instead of literal. The literal act of freeing a buffalo carp (which, by the way, IS native to the USA) will not harm the East River anymore than it already has been, but the amount of people who have read this and for one instant were reminded of their freedom... and smiled... that is the good that this man has done.
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    darkangelic Female 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 6:11 pm
    Umm... isn`t that illegal?
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    darkangelic Female 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 6:18 pm
    And calm down not like one fish could cause alot of harm...unless...it finds others of it`s species and mates. And that fish probably died anyway as a FREE fish.
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    anglatay Female 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 6:34 pm
    You know what? You caught me on a bad day. And I just love when someone argues with me over something that I have spent my Entire College Career studying and happen to know a lot about. Especially on a message board, it`s always so fun when they do that where everyone can see. So before you (duh) someone the next time, maybe you better do a little more research than googling the wrong term and reading the info you get on the first result. For starters, though I doubt this guy or you being a 13-17 person excels in taxonomy, he called it a "Buffalo fish" not a "Buffalo carp", and if you look up the "Buffalo fish" you find that yes, it is native to the US. However, it hails from the Mississippi Valley, which I do believe is quite a distance from the Erie River, therefore making it an exotic species. (next post, out of room)
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    anglatay Female 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 6:34 pm
    It only takes ONE member of a species to repopulate an entire area, namely a pregnant female. She lays the eggs, they hatch, grow and interbreed. Unlike humans (and like some humans, at that) the fish aren`t smart enough to tell the difference and NOT breed with their mother, or their sister. It happens more often than you think. Ducks fly from lake to lake with fish eggs on their feet, that`s another way it happens.
    So. Go ahead and think of it in metaphorical way; for every fish that guy buys and sets free, the Chinese market is going to go catch another to replace it, and it will be bought by someone who actually means to eat it. I think I`m going to get out of here before I get accused of attacking you.... when in reality I was just defending myself and my statement.
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    lukast Male 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 6:41 pm
    no..i wasnt being sarcartic..ecosystems are very fragile...im not a very sarcastic person. I agree 100% with you anglatay, good buddy. Thats a big 10-4
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    Shikka Female 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 7:11 pm
    That fish is a Carp, a species that has been living in New York since it was introduced by the Chinese in 1831. It was probably pulled from the same river only a few days earlier. So guess what, its not going to do any damage.

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    kathaclysm Female 18-29
    326 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 7:18 pm
    Eh, ppl are stupid. It was a stupid dream, and a waste of $40 for a good eatin fish. It`s stupid to argue the impact of that one fish on it`s new environment. But the reality is, someone once did something similar with a Northern Snakehead:

    http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/fishingreport/snakehead.html

    So in general: don`t set non-native species free just anywhere, it`s crule to keep a fish that size in such a small tank, and if animals weren`t for eating, why are they made of meat?

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    25seconds Female 13-17
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    April 5, 2005 at 7:21 pm
    Some of those people need to get off of their high-horse. Who`s to say it`s a female fish anyways? I really doubt that there`s going to be some sort of apocalyptic event in response to this. It probably died shortly after it`s release.

    Beyond that, though, it`s the thought and idea behind it. Freedom.

    Whether it died or not, it doesn`t matter. This was for entertainment purposes and that`s it. Argue all you want. It doesn`t matter. And if I`m wrong and a month from now this causes something devestating, I`m deeply sorry. I doubt it`ll happen though.

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    ohwell Female 13-17
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    April 5, 2005 at 7:31 pm
    The fish was a fresh water fish released into salt water.Point in case its dead.
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    lukast Male 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 7:35 pm
    no not so
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    lukast Male 18-29
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    April 5, 2005 at 7:35 pm
    i was being 100% honest..ecosystems are very fragile. so sarcasam here...nope...none.
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    Snufkin Male 18-29
    125 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 7:38 pm
    25seconds asked: "Who`s to say it`s a female fish anyways?"

    ::flips a coin::

    Heads says it`s female. It`s less likely to be pregnant, but it`s the principle that matters here. Moreover, this guy`s "been in trouble" with the EPA before, so he knew what he was doing.

    Long story short, he spent $40 to take a (freshwater?) fish, drag it around town in a box, dump into saltwater from 20 feet in the air, and then brag about his heroic feat online. The "thought and idea behind it?" There clearly wasn`t much thought involved here.

    In the best possible scenario, he saved the fish`s life, and the fish market will buy two more to replace it. Far more likely the fish died. In a highly unlikely but possible scenario, he`s caused minor ecosystem damage. Go juvenile stupidity.

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    25seconds Female 13-17
    9 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 7:42 pm
    Snufkin..

    You don`t know if he was really in trouble before. It was probably added in for comic effect. I really doubt that he could fool the EPA into not scrolling and and reading the rest. I doubt the EPA read half of it, stopped at the "there was no fish!" and went onto a different subject.

    The thought was to release the fish. It symbolized freedom and how we`re all kind of stuck in a place wayy to small for us. Whether or not he meant to have that in there, it still was.

    I agree with your last paragraph.

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    aven Female 18-29
    183 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 8:14 pm
    the was funny!!! COole idea and it wold of been funny to actually see the fish flying throgh the air and land in the lake
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    niccole Female 18-29
    519 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 8:25 pm
    That guy was Jake from Road Rules on MTV. I`m really suprised that no one had noticed yet..
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    gremos Male 18-29
    161 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 8:27 pm
    I wish some one ccould buy me out of my fish tank. Few good people have enough money though. They keep me there not for eating but, for work. I don`t just sit there I have to run around and do poo. SOMEONE PLEASE SET ME FREE!!!!!!!
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    FreeMotion Male 13-17
    287 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 8:41 pm
    I think there are worse things that enter the water than a carp. Remember, he was in NYC.
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    Wildcat07070 Female 13-17
    2035 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 8:43 pm
    Why are people fighting about this? It`s so stupid to fight about!

    Anyway, It was a cute story. Made me smile.

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    Theresa626 Female 18-29
    129 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 10:47 pm
    Kathaclysm, If animals weren`t made for eating then why are they made of meat????

    Thats the freaking stupidest thing I have ever heard!! YOu are made of meat you retard! Are you made for eating? Because of you are made of meat, should I come eat you?

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    boredguy123 Male 13-17
    134 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 10:58 pm
    he did a nice thing
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    Kamichi-chan Female 13-17
    621 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 11:31 pm
    "So in general: don`t set non-native species free just anywhere, it`s crule to keep a fish that size in such a small tank, and if animals weren`t for eating, why are they made of meat?"

    )-| You realize humans are made of "meat" too, right? Are you a cannibal, then?

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    eRiCaBot Female 18-29
    1004 posts
    April 5, 2005 at 11:36 pm
    aww what a nice thing to do. i hope that fish wasn`t raised in captivity tho.
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    xoxomd Female 18-29
    35 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 12:41 am
    I thought i was wrong, but someone else noticed that was jake from road rules. that was sweet of him, he didn`t seem that sweet on the show.
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    fk Male 70 & Over
    953 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 1:23 am
    Sigh...it`s too bad that what started with good intentions turned negative but the arguments are quite understandable.

    P.S. I`m all for leaving the fish alone and eating people instead.

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    YouG Male 18-29
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    April 6, 2005 at 6:22 am
    Sooner or later. It`s just a matter of time.
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    Mat Male 13-17
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    April 6, 2005 at 9:21 am
    Didn`t you read what he said? He regularly visited that fish. No-one wanted it. I thought his comments about Erin were funny...
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    juice7918 Female 18-29
    128 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 9:52 am
    Fish are cool and should be swimming free! Swim fishy swim!
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    HeyLookAtHer Female 13-17
    782 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 10:14 am
    awwe....ive always wanted to do that but (i duno if this is true) whats if say, it was a freshwater fish put into saltwater that would be hell for the little guy.
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    fk Male 70 & Over
    953 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 2:27 pm
    I`ve thought some more about this and I agree 100% with anglatay. This was a really ignorant stunt (and, basically killed the fish painfully, if the freshwater/saltwater thing is true).
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    techigrl Female 18-29
    29 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 3:12 pm
    it is not that serious, give it a rest, swim little fishy! (i was going to have fish for dinner, but after reading all this, i think i`ll eat my parents instead.)
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    GoddessDyane Female 18-29
    37 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 4:00 pm
    He tried to do a good thing. Whether or not it was harmful, this guy proves that people are still basically good. He may not have done everything right, but he`s on the right path, unlike those who criticize him while sitting on their fat asses.
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    sarifynna Female 18-29
    157 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 4:55 pm
    some people... B-| stop arguing about stupid crap...
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    fk Male 70 & Over
    953 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 7:00 pm
    goddessdyane: I totally agree with that too, except I was getting the impression this was done more as a stunt and less because the guy genuinely had a good heart. I`d prefer it if I was wrong though.
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    Haxor012 Male 40-49
    16 posts
    April 6, 2005 at 7:20 pm
    Carp spawn, they don`t get `pregnant` sheesh!
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    Bettiedoll79 Female 18-29
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    April 7, 2005 at 3:58 pm
    Nice to see if I am really bored i can argue over fish.
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    sugaman2k3 Male 18-29
    357 posts
    April 7, 2005 at 4:19 pm
    lol that was humorus, i think that humor was he whole point of the page. i dont think that he did it to b nice, and im sure that he did not care if it wiped out an ecosystem. i know that i laughed, and i could really care less if the fish died, or if it spwaned, or if it assassinated Al Gore, point is it was posted to cause laughter. it achived that for most pple,(except ppl who have their heads up their rear, and think that they have to display their "college knowledge`) loved the post, need more! 8-)
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    Minya Female 18-29
    122 posts
    June 26, 2005 at 6:09 pm
    OK, people overanalyze things. In the East River, I doubt it`d survive long anyway! And good for that guy, freeing a fish and all
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    PinkDiamond Female 13-17
    63 posts
    June 28, 2005 at 4:27 pm
    For God`s sake he was trying to do a nice thing and people are arguing about it, jeeze can`t we all just feel a little warm in fuzzy inside that he was trying to be a good person?
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    bwahbwah Male 13-17
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    July 22, 2005 at 4:04 pm
    i was faked also by the empty box pix
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    misscutieroo Female 18-29
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    January 21, 2006 at 4:32 pm
    that wus dumb
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    Zero_Talent Female 13-17
    102 posts
    November 15, 2007 at 10:41 am
    The fish looked kind of dead at the end...

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