Two great videos on YouTube about the Golden Frogs and 2 scientists attempts to save frogs affected by the chytrid fungus, a fungus that is affecting and killing and driving many of the worlds frogs to extinction.
The fireweed began each spring as tufts of hairy growth and spread across the seafloor fast enough to cover a football field in an hour.
When fishermen touched it, their skin broke out in searing welts. Their lips blistered and peeled. Their eyes burned and swelled shut. Water that splashed from their nets spread the inflammation to their legs and torsos.
The blow that chytrid has dealt to the frog population is already immense.
The disease has probably accounted for one-third of all the losses in amphibian species to date, says Professor Rick Speare, an expert in amphibian diseases who works with the University of Otago’s frog research group.
Just found this video on YouTube that from the BBC documentary mentioned above: