A couple of weeks ago, I published a post about the world’s smallest commercialized fish, sinarapan (a.k.a. tabios). This gave me the reason to make a sort of sequel to that by sharing the pictures I took from the place where sinarapan are harvested: the placid lake of Buhi in Camarines Sur.
According to the locals, there are two theories on how Lake Buhi was formed. The first is when the side of Mount Iriga collapsed due to an earthquake way back 1641. A landslide ensued creating a natural dam which is Lake Buhi.
The second theory is that the eruption of Mt. Asog resulted to the beautiful Lake Buhi giving home to the world’s smallest commercially-harvested fish called sinarapan (SN: Mistichthys luzonensis).
Lake Buhi is also a home to different bird species as it is surrounded by forests. There are no less than 25 bird species that live in the place like Black-naped Monarch, Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker, White-eared Brown Dove, Elegant Tit, and the Philippine Hanging Parrot. The other fauna that can be found in the forests are flying lizards (Draco sp.), skinks, monitor lizards (Varanus marmoratus), civet cats, bats and The Philippine Cynomolgus Monkey (SN: Macaca fasicularis).
If there’s one thing I couldn’t forget about the place, it would be its halcyon environs that can instantly calm one’s spirit. The serene waters unfolded my soul to some kind of magic.
While logic tells that the lake is just a body of fresh water of considerable size, surrounded by land, it seems to be so much more. I also see it as one of Mother Nature‘s ways to convince the inhabitants of the earth to become green warriors.
On the other hand, what I recently read about the lake made me feel devastated: “The result of the latest research 0n Lake Buhi that was conducted by the scientists of Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (now Central Bicol State University of Agriculture) last 01 August 2010 was alarming. Lake Buhi is now in the stage of eutrophication. Eutrophication is an increase in chemical nitrogen or phosphorus compounds in an ecosystem, often resulting in excessive plant growth and decay, in turn leading to lack of oxygen and severe reduction in water quality, fish, and other animal populations.”
I hope the lake will be saved though from further chaos because it is the main source of livelihood of people in Buhi.
For more information (how to get to the place, tips, what to do, etc.) about the enchanting Lake Buhi, please click this site: www.tripsiders.com.
- Remembering Tabang Asog Project in Iriga City (kalongkong.wordpress.com)
- Sinarapan, The World’s Smallest Commercial Extant Fish (yobynos.wordpress.com)
- Only in the Philippines: 10 things that are distinctly Pinoy (doniciasthoughts.wordpress.com)
- Cam. Sur Tour: Naga City, Caramoan & Mayon (2urquide.wordpress.com)
- Iriga City, 6 Camarines Sur towns without power for a week (newsinfo.inquirer.net)