Twitter exploded into life during the airing of the latest edition of the Mark Burnett-produced series with most noting the striking similarities between the 44th President and the devil played by actor Mehdi Ouzaani.The show has been a surprise hit in the ratings, with the religious mini-series attracting 13.1 million viewers on Wednesday - topping television leviathan American Idol's 12.8 million viewers on Wednesday.Yet year after year, scientists climb the dangerous descent. To count the few remaining fish that live on a small shallow shelf in these dark, warm, oxygen-depleted waters.These fish—the Devil’s Hole pupfish—are considered to be some of the most endangered fish in the world.Staring out across the dusty landscape, it’s hard to imagine that the entire area sits atop a vast aquifer, with millions of gallons of fresh water hiding below the arid surface.It’s even harder to believe this land was once a lush basin, where spring-fed pools and streams supported an abundance of life.They have large heads, large eyes, short little bodies and have lost their pelvic fins.
As the climate warmed, the giant lake began to shrink, leaving pockets of water each with its own pupfish population.
They’re completely cut off from all other pupfish species, having lived in Devil’s Hole for countless generations, unable to reach their nearest cousins.
In the spring of 2013, there were only 35 pupfish found during the September count.
Indeed, such dogged survival of so few fish for tens of thousands of years is beyond against the odds—it should be impossible.
And, if you ask Michael Reed from Tufts University, it probably Back in the early to mid-2000s, reports of the resurgence of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker—one of the largest woodpeckers in the world, thought to be on the edge of extinction—began circulating. The rediscovery was even published in ,” explained Reed.