You know those “Pure Michigan” ads? With the soft guitar strumming overlaid by actor Tim Allen’s blue-collar voice? Some Michigan residents make fun of them and say they’re cheesy. But it turns out they might be doing their job of drawing more people to enjoy Michigan as well as other Great Lakes States.
In the ongoing aquatic battle between predator and prey species in Lake Superior, the latter were winning the war for years.Now — and for reasons scientists can’t pin down — prey fish species are losing that war.
Common wisdom would tell you zebra mussels couldn’t live in Lake Superior because it’s an unproductive lake with frigid temperatures. But common wisdom might be wrong this time. When researchers started finding the mollusk nuisance not just surviving but spreading in the lake, they exhaled a collective groan.
Samaritans of the inland seas, Ryan Busche, Jared VanOordt, Karol Rajski and Drew Etling on May 21 starting in Marquette, Michigan, these vigilante Vikings began a three-month paddle along the 2,726 miles of Lake Superior’s coastline, armed with a message of conservation and a mission of cleanup.
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